Johann Sebastian Bach

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Born: 21 March 1685 — Eisenach — Germany
Died: 28 July 1750 — Leipzig — Germany
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The Cello Suites by Siblin

Worth reading - it relates to Casals and the early days of discovery of the music. Each section divided into six movements representing the six Suites. A really
interesting take on the music.

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-03-23 18:03:43]
Great Guy

I agree, I have played quite a few pieces on the piano by him, and I really enjoyed it.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-01-20 18:46:15]
Thank you...

for providing this information. This man's music has provided me many hours of curious enjoyment.

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-15 22:50:44]

News for Bach

Music

Below is a list of compositions for Johann Sebastian Bach. Click a title for details. [♫] indicates that the piece has one or more MIDI files available, provided by kunstderfuge.com.
OpusTitle [subtitle]KeyDate
Suite
BWV 1025Suite A maj??
BWV 821Suite B♭ maj??
BWV 822Suite G min??
BWV 823Suite [♫]F min??
BWV 824Suite A maj??
BWV 996Suite [♫]E min1708
BWV 806English Suite [♫]A maj1715
BWV 807English Suite [♫]A min1715
BWV 808English Suite [♫]G min1715
BWV 809English Suite [♫]F maj1715
BWV 810English Suite [♫]E min1715
BWV 811English Suite [♫]D min1715
BWV 1066Orchestral Suite No. 1 [♫]C maj1717
BWV 1067Orchestral Suite No. 2 [♫]B min1717
BWV 1068Orchestral Suite No. 3 [♫]D maj1717
BWV 1069Orchestral Suite No. 4 [♫]D maj1717
BWV 1007Suite [♫]G maj1720
BWV 1008Suite [♫]D min1721
BWV 1009Suite [♫]C maj1722
BWV 812French Suite [♫]D min1722
BWV 813French Suite [♫]C min1722
BWV 814French Suite [♫]B min1722
BWV 815French Suite [♫]E♭ maj1722
BWV 816French Suite [♫]G maj1722
BWV 817French Suite [♫]E maj1722
BWV 818Suite [♫]A min1722
BWV 819Suite [♫]E♭ maj1722
BWV 1010Suite [♫]E♭ maj1723
BWV 1011Suite [♫]C min1724
BWV 1012Suite [♫]D maj1725
BWV 995Suite [♫]G min1727
Concerto
BWV 1045Concerto movement in D D maj??
BWV 909Concerto and fugue C min??
BWV 1046Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 [♫]F maj1713
BWV 1047Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 [♫]F maj1713
BWV 1048Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 [♫]G maj1713
BWV 1049Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 [♫]G maj1713
BWV 1050Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 [♫]D maj1713
BWV 1051Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 [♫]B♭ maj1713
BWV 592Concerto arrangement of Prince Johann Ernst [♫]G maj1713
BWV 593Concerto arrangement of Vivaldi RV522 [♫]A min1713
BWV 594Concerto arrangement of Vivaldi RV208 [♫]C maj1713
BWV 595Concerto arrangement of Prince Johann Ernst [♫]C maj1713
BWV 596Concerto arrangement of Vivaldi RV565 [♫]D min1713
BWV 597Concerto arrangement of ? [♫]E♭ maj1713
BWV 972Arrangement of concerto [♫]D maj1713
BWV 973Arrangement of concerto [♫]G maj1713
BWV 974Arrangement of concerto [♫]D min1713
BWV 975Arrangement of concerto [♫]G min1713
BWV 976Arrangement of concerto [♫]C maj1713
BWV 977Arrangement of concerto [♫]C maj1713
BWV 978Arrangement of concerto [♫]F maj1713
BWV 979Arrangement of concerto [♫]B min1713
BWV 980Arrangement of concerto [♫]G maj1713
BWV 981Arrangement of concerto [♫]C min1713
BWV 982Arrangement of concerto [♫]B♭ maj1713
BWV 983Arrangement of concerto [♫]G min1713
BWV 984Arrangement of concerto [♫]C maj1713
BWV 985Arrangement of concerto [♫]G min1713
BWV 986Arrangement of concerto [♫]G maj1713
BWV 987Arrangement of concerto [♫]D min1713
BWV 1041Violin Concerto [♫]A min1717
BWV 1042Violin Concerto E maj1717
BWV 1043Concerto for 2 violins [♫]D min1717
BWV 1044Concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord [♫]A min1730
BWV 1060Concerto for Two Harpsichords [♫]C min1735
BWV 1061Concerto for Two Harpsichords [♫]C maj1735
BWV 1062Concerto for Two Harpsichords C min1735
BWV 1063Concerto for Three Harpsichords D min1735
BWV 1064Concerto for Three Harpsichords [♫]C maj1735
BWV 1065Concerto for Four Harpsichords [♫]A min1735
BWV 971Italian Concerto (Concerto nach italiänischen Gusto) [♫]F maj1735
BWV 1052Harpsichord Concerto [♫]D min1738
BWV 1053Harpsichord Concerto E maj1739
BWV 1054Harpsichord Concerto D maj1740
BWV 1055Harpsichord Concerto [♫]A maj1741
BWV 1056Harpsichord Concerto F min1742
BWV 1057Harpsichord Concerto D maj1743
BWV 1058Harpsichord Concerto G min1744
BWV 1059Harpsichord Concerto D min1745
Oratorium
BWV 11Himmelfahrts-Oratorium – Ascension Oratorio (see 'Church Cantatas') ??
Cantata
BWV 11Himmelfahrts-Oratorium – Ascension Oratorio (see 'Church Cantatas') ??
BWV 141Das ist je gewißlich wahr ??
BWV 142Uns ist ein Kind geboren ??
BWV 15Denn du wirst meine Seele (by J.L. Bach) ??
BWV 160Ich weiss, dass mein Erlöser lebt ??
BWV 189Meine Seele ruhmt und preist ??
BWV 203Amore traditore ??
BWV 209Non sa che sia dolore [♫]??
BWV 50Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft ??
BWV 53Schlage doch, gewunschte Stunde ??
BWV 131Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir 1707
BWV 4Christ lag in Todes Banden 1707
BWV 143Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele 1708
BWV 150Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich [♫]1708
BWV 196Der Herr denket an uns (Psalm 115) 1708
BWV 71Gott ist mein König 1708
BWV 208Was mir behagt ist nur die muntre Jagel [♫]1713
BWV 63Christen, ätzet diesen Tag 1713
BWV 12Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen 1714
BWV 152Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn 1714
BWV 172Erschallet, ihr Lieder 1714
BWV 18Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt 1714
BWV 182Himmelskönig, sei wilkommen 1714
BWV 199Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut [♫]1714
BWV 21Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis 1714
BWV 54Widerstehe doch der Sünde 1714
BWV 61Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 1714
BWV 132Bereitet die Wege, bereitet 1715
BWV 163Nur jedem das Seine 1715
BWV 165O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad 1715
BWV 185Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe 1715
BWV 31Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret 1715
BWV 155Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange 1716
BWV 161Komm, du süße Todesstunde 1716
BWV 162Ach! ich sehe, jetzt. da ich zur Hochzeit gehe 1716
BWV 202Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten 1718
BWV 119Preise Jerusalem, den Herrn 1723
BWV 136Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz 1723
BWV 138Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz? 1723
BWV 147Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben 1723
BWV 148Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens 1723
BWV 158Der Friede sei mit dir 1723
BWV 167Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe 1723
BWV 179Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht 1723
BWV 186Ärgre dich, o Seele, nich 1723
BWV 194Höchsterwunschtes Freudenfest 1723
BWV 22Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe 1723
BWV 23Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn 1723
BWV 24Ein ungefärbt Gemute 1723
BWV 25Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe [♫]1723
BWV 40Darz ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes 1723
BWV 46Schauet doch und sehet 1723
BWV 48Ich elender mensch, wer wirdmich 1723
BWV 59Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Worthalten 1723
BWV 60O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort [♫]1723
BWV 64Sehet, welch eine Liebe 1723
BWV 70Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! 1723
BWV 75Die Elenden sollen essen 1723
BWV 76Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes 1723
BWV 77Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben 1723
BWV 89Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim? 1723
BWV 90Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende 1723
BWV 95Christus, der ist mein Leben 1723
BWV 10Meine Seel erhebt den Herren 1724
BWV 113Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut 1724
BWV 114Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost 1724
BWV 115Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit 1724
BWV 116Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ 1724
BWV 121Christum wir sollen loben schon 1724
BWV 122Das neugeborne Kindelein 1724
BWV 130Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir 1724
BWV 133Ich freue mich in dir 1724
BWV 134Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend 1724
BWV 135Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder 1724
BWV 139Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott 1724
BWV 144Nimm was dein ist, und gehe hin 1724
BWV 153Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind 1724
BWV 154Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren 1724
BWV 166Wo gehest du hin? 1724
BWV 173Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut 1724
BWV 178Wo Gott, der Herr, nicht bei uns hält 1724
BWV 180Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele 1724
BWV 181Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister 1724
BWV 184Erwünschtes Freudenlicht 1724
BWV 190Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied! 1724
BWV 2Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein 1724
BWV 20O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort 1724
BWV 26Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig 1724
BWV 33Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ 1724
BWV 37Wer da gläubet und getauft wird 1724
BWV 38Aus tiefer Not schrei' ich zu dir 1724
BWV 44Sie werden euch in die Bann tun 1724
BWV 5Wo soll ich fliehen hin 1724
BWV 62Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 1724
BWV 65Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen 1724
BWV 66Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen 1724
BWV 67Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ 1724
BWV 7Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam 1724
BWV 73Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir 1724
BWV 78Jesu, der du meine Seele 1724
BWV 8Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben? 1724
BWV 81Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? 1724
BWV 83Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde 1724
BWV 86Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch 1724
BWV 91Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ 1724
BWV 93Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten 1724
BWV 94Was frag ich nach der Welt 1724
BWV 96Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottessohn 1724
BWV 99Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan 1724
BWV 1Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern 1725
BWV 110Unser Mund sei voll Lachens 1725
BWV 111Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh' allzeit 1725
BWV 123Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen 1725
BWV 124Meinem Jesum laß ich nicht 1725
BWV 125Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin 1725
BWV 126Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort 1725
BWV 127Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott 1725
BWV 128Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein 1725
BWV 137Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen 1725
BWV 151Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt 1725
BWV 164Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet 1725
BWV 168Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort 1725
BWV 175Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen 1725
BWV 176Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding 1725
BWV 177Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ 1725
BWV 183Sie werden euch in den Bann tun 1725
BWV 205Zerreisset, zerspringet 1725
BWV 28Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende 1725
BWV 3Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid 1725
BWV 41Jesu, nun sei gepreiset 1725
BWV 42Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats 1725
BWV 57Selig ist der Mann 1725
BWV 6Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend [♫]1725
BWV 68Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt 1725
BWV 74Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten 1725
BWV 79Gott der Herr ist Sohn und Schild 1725
BWV 85Ich bin ein guter Hirt 1725
BWV 87Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten 1725
BWV 92Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn 1725
BWV 129Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott 1726
BWV 13Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen 1726
BWV 146Wir müßen durch viel Trübsal 1726
BWV 16Herr Gott, dich loben wir (Lehms) 1726
BWV 169Gott soll allein mein Herze haben 1726
BWV 17Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich 1726
BWV 170Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust 1726
BWV 187Es wartet alles auf dich 1726
BWV 19Es erhub sich ein Streit 1726
BWV 204Ich bin in mir vergnügt 1726
BWV 207Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten 1726
BWV 27Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende! 1726
BWV 32Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen 1726
BWV 34aO ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe 1726
BWV 35Geist und Seele wird verwirret [♫]1726
BWV 39Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot [♫]1726
BWV 43Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen 1726
BWV 45Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist 1726
BWV 47Wer sich selbst erhöhet 1726
BWV 49Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen erlösen 1726
BWV 52Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht 1726
BWV 55Ich armer mensch, ich Sündenknecht 1726
BWV 56Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen 1726
BWV 72Alles nur nach Gottes Willen 1726
BWV 88Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden 1726
BWV 98Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan 1726
BWV 157Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn 1727
BWV 193Ihr Tore zu Zion 1727
BWV 198Laß, Furstin, laß noch [Trauer-Ode] 1727
BWV 58Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid 1727
BWV 80Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott 1727
BWV 82Ich habe genung [♫]1727
BWV 84Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke 1727
BWV 117Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut 1728
BWV 120Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille 1728
BWV 149Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg 1728
BWV 188Ich habe meine Zuversicht 1728
BWV 145Ich liebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen 1729
BWV 156Ich steh' mit einem Fuß im Grabe 1729
BWV 159Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem 1729
BWV 171Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm 1729
BWV 174Ich liebe den Höchsten 1729
BWV 201Geschwinde, ihr wirbeldnen Winde [Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan] 1729
BWV 192Nun danket alle Gott 1730
BWV 51Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! 1730
BWV 112Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt 1731
BWV 140Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme 1731
BWV 29Wir danken dir, Gott, wir dankendir 1731
BWV 36Schwingt freudig euch empor 1731
BWV 9Es ist das Heil uns kommen her 1732
BWV 213Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen [Hercules auf dem Scheidewege] 1733
BWV 214Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet Trompeten! 1733
BWV 211Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht [Coffee Cantata] 1734
BWV 97In allen meinen Taten 1734
BWV 11Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Ascension Oratorio) 1735
BWV 14War Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit 1735
BWV 197Gott ist uns're Zuversicht 1736
BWV 206Schleicht, spielende Wellen 1736
BWV 30Freu dich, erlöste Schar 1738
BWV 191Gloria in excelsis Deo 1739
BWV 210O holder Tag, erwunschte Zeit 1741
BWV 195Dem Gerechten muss das Licht 1742
BWV 212Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet [Peasant Cantata] 1742
BWV 34O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe 1742
BWV 69Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele 1743
Mass
BWV 232Mass in B minor [♫]B min1724
BWV 233Missa in F F maj1735
BWV 234Missa in A A maj1735
BWV 235Missa in g G min1735
BWV 236Missa in G G maj1735
Motet
BWV 227Jesu, meine Freude ??
BWV 228Fürchte dich nicht ??
BWV 230Motet: Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) ??
BWV 231Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren ??
BWV 225Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied 1726
BWV 226Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf 1729
BWV 229Motet: Komm, Jesu, komm! 1730
BWV 118O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht [♫]1736
Trio sonata
BWV 1039Trio Sonata [♫]G maj1720
BWV 525Trio sonata [♫]E♭ maj1727
BWV 526Trio sonata [♫]C min1728
BWV 527Trio sonata [♫]D min1729
BWV 528Trio sonata [♫]E min1730
BWV 529Trio sonata [♫]C maj1731
BWV 530Trio sonata [♫]G maj1732
Prelude
BWV 567Prelude C maj??
BWV 921Prelude C min??
BWV 923Prelude B min??
BWV 924aPrelude C maj??
BWV 925Prelude [♫]D maj??
BWV 926Prelude [♫]D min??
BWV 928Prelude [♫]F maj??
BWV 931Prelude A min??
BWV 932Prelude [♫]E min??
BWV 568Prelude [♫]B min1708
BWV 569Prelude A min1708
BWV 939Prelude [♫]C maj1717
BWV 940Prelude [♫]D min1717
BWV 941Prelude [♫]E min1717
BWV 942Prelude [♫]A min1717
BWV 943Prelude [♫]C maj1717
BWV 999Prelude [♫]C min1720
Fugue
BWV 1026Fugue G min??
BWV 131aFugue [8 short pieces and fugues] ??
BWV 576Fugue G maj??
BWV 577Fugue [♫]G maj??
BWV 580Fugue D maj??
BWV 581Fugue G maj??
BWV 945Fugue E min??
BWV 947Fugue [♫]A min??
BWV 948Fugue [♫]D min??
BWV 949Fugue [♫]A maj??
BWV 953Fugue [♫]C maj??
BWV 954Fugue [♫]B♭ maj??
BWV 955Fugue [♫]B♭ maj??
BWV 956Fugue E min??
BWV 957Fugue [♫]G maj??
BWV 958Fugue [♫]A min??
BWV 959Fugue [♫]A min??
BWV 960Fugue E min??
BWV 961Fughetta [♫]C min??
BWV 962Fughetta [♫]E min??
BWV 578Fugue [♫]G min1707
BWV 574Fugue on theme by Legrenzi [♫]C min1708
BWV 575Fugue [♫]C min1708
BWV 579Fugue on theme by Corelli [♫]B min1708
BWV 944Fugue A min1708
BWV 946Fugue on theme from Albinoni's Suonate a tre, Op 1, Nos. 12, 3 and 8 [♫]C maj1710
BWV 950Fugue on theme from Albinoni's Suonate a tre, Op 1, Nos. 12, 3 and 9 A maj1711
BWV 951Fugue on theme from Albinoni's Suonate a tre, Op 1, Nos. 12, 3 and 10 [♫]B min1712
BWV 952Fugue [♫]C maj1720
BWV 1000Fugue [♫]G min1725
Prelude and fugue
BWV 553Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 554Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 555Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 556Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 557Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 558Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 559Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 560Spurious: Short Prelude and Fugue ??
BWV 895Prelude and Fugue [♫]A min??
BWV 897Prelude and Fugue A min??
BWV 898Prelude and Fugue B♭ maj??
BWV 531Prelude and Fugue C maj1707
BWV 532Prelude and Fugue [♫]D maj1708
BWV 533Prelude and Fugue [♫]E min1708
BWV 534Prelude and Fugue [♫]F min1708
BWV 535Prelude and Fugue [♫]G min1708
BWV 536Prelude and Fugue [♫]A maj1708
BWV 537Prelude and Fugue [♫]C min1708
BWV 540Prelude and Fugue [♫]F maj1708
BWV 541Prelude and Fugue [♫]G maj1708
BWV 542Prelude and Fugue [♫]G min1708
BWV 543Prelude and Fugue [♫]A min1708
BWV 545Prelude and Fugue [♫]C maj1708
BWV 549Prelude and Fugue [♫]C min1708
BWV 550Prelude and Fugue [♫]G maj1708
BWV 551Prelude and Fugue [♫]A min1708
BWV 566Prelude and Fugue [♫]E maj1708
BWV 894Prelude and Fugue [♫]A min1708
BWV 896Prelude and Fugue A maj1709
BWV 539Prelude and Fugue [♫]D min1720
BWV 899Prelude and fughetta [♫]D min1720
BWV 900Prelude and fughetta [♫]E min1720
BWV 901Prelude and fughetta [♫]F maj1720
BWV 902Prelude and fughetta G maj1720
BWV 546Prelude and Fugue [♫]C min1722
BWV 846Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]C min1722
BWV 847Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]C min1722
BWV 848Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]C♯ maj1722
BWV 849Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]C♯ min1722
BWV 850Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]D maj1722
BWV 851Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]D min1722
BWV 852Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]E♭ maj1722
BWV 853Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]E♭/D♯ min1722
BWV 854Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]E maj1722
BWV 855Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]E min1722
BWV 856Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]F maj1722
BWV 857Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]F min1722
BWV 858Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]F♯ maj1722
BWV 859Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]F♯ min1722
BWV 860Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]G maj1722
BWV 861Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]G min1722
BWV 862Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]A♭ maj1722
BWV 863Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]G♯ min1722
BWV 864Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]A maj1722
BWV 865Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]A min1722
BWV 866Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]B♭ maj1722
BWV 867Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]B♭ min1722
BWV 868Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]B maj1722
BWV 869Well-Tempered Clavier (24 preludes and fugues) [♫]B min1722
BWV 547Prelude and Fugue [♫]C maj1723
BWV 544Prelude and Fugue [♫]B min1727
BWV 548Prelude and Fugue [♫]E min1727
BWV 87024 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]C maj1738
BWV 87124 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]C min1738
BWV 87224 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]C♯ maj1738
BWV 87324 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]C♯ min1738
BWV 87424 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]D maj1738
BWV 87524 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]D min1738
BWV 87624 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]E♭ maj1738
BWV 87724 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]E♭ min1738
BWV 87824 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]E maj1738
BWV 87924 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]E min1738
BWV 88024 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]F maj1738
BWV 88124 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]F min1738
BWV 88224 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]F♯ maj1738
BWV 88324 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]F♯ min1738
BWV 88424 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]G maj1738
BWV 88524 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]G min1738
BWV 88624 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]A♭ maj1738
BWV 88724 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]G♯ min1738
BWV 88824 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]A maj1738
BWV 88924 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]A min1738
BWV 89024 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]B♭ maj1738
BWV 89124 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]B♭ min1738
BWV 89224 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]B maj1738
BWV 89324 Preludes and Fugues ('Well-Tempered Clavier',ii) [♫]B min1738
BWV 552Prelude and Fugue [♫]E♭ maj1739
Menuet
BWV 841Minuet [♫]G maj??
BWV 842Minuet G min??
BWV 843Minuet G maj??
Sonata
BWV 1020Sonata G min??
BWV 1022Sonata F maj??
BWV 1036Sonata [♫]D min??
BWV 1037Sonata [♫]C min??
BWV 1038Sonata [♫]G maj??
BWV 964Sonata D min??
BWV 965Sonata [♫]A min??
BWV 966Sonata [♫]C maj??
BWV 967Sonata [♫]A min??
BWV 963Sonata [♫]D maj1704
BWV 1023Sonata E min1714
BWV 1024Sonata C min1714
BWV 1014Sonata [♫]B min1717
BWV 1015Sonata [♫]A maj1717
BWV 1016Sonata [♫]E maj1717
BWV 1017Sonata [♫]C min1717
BWV 1018Sonata [♫]F min1717
BWV 1019Sonata [♫]G maj1717
BWV 1030Sonata [♫]B min1717
BWV 1032Sonata [♫]A maj1717
BWV 1034Sonata [♫]E min1717
BWV 1033Sonata [♫]C maj1718
BWV 1001Sonata [♫]G min1720
BWV 1002Sonata [♫]A min1720
BWV 1003Sonata [♫]C maj1720
BWV 1021Sonata [♫]G maj1720
BWV 1027Sonata [♫]G maj1720
BWV 1028Sonata [♫]D maj1721
BWV 1029Sonata [♫]G min1722
BWV 1031Sonata [♫]E♭ maj1730
BWV 1035Sonata [♫]E maj1741
Not (yet) classified
BWV 1006aPartita [♫]E maj??
BWV 1027aTrio [♫]G maj??
BWV 1070Overture G min??
BWV 1071Sinfonia ??
BWV 1086Canon concordia discors [♫]??
BWV 1087[14] Verschiedene Canones [♫]??
BWV 120bGott, man lobet dich in der Stille ??
BWV 200Bekennen will ich seinen Namen ??
BWV 205aBlast Lärmen, ihr Feinde! ??
BWV 208aWas mir behägt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! ??
BWV 210aO angenehme Melodei! ??
BWV 216aErwählte Pleissenstadt ??
BWV 217Gedenke, Herr, wie es uns gehet ??
BWV 218Gott der Hoffnung erfülle euch ??
BWV 219Siehe, es hat überwunden der Löwe ??
BWV 220Lobt ihn mit Herz und Munde ??
BWV 221Wer sucht die Pracht, wer wünscht den Glanz ??
BWV 222Mein Odem ist schwach ??
BWV 239Sanctus in D D maj??
BWV 240Sanctus in G ??
BWV 241Sanctus in D D maj??
BWV 242Christe eleison G min??
BWV 246Lukas-Passion – Saint Luke Passion ??
BWV 247Markus-Passion – Saint Mark Passion – Passio secundum Marcum ??
BWV 249bDie Feier des Genius: Verjaget. Dramma per musica ??
BWV 250Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan ??
BWV 251Sei Lob und Ehr' Dem höchsten Gut ??
BWV 252Nun danket alle Gott ??
BWV 508Bist du bei mir ??
BWV 519Hier lieg' ich nun ??
BWV 520Das walt' mein Gott ??
BWV 521Gott mein Herz dir Dank ??
BWV 522Meine Seele, laß es gehen ??
BWV 523Ich gnüge mich an meinem Stande ??
BWV 561Fantasia and fugue [♫]A min??
BWV 571Fantasia G maj??
BWV 582Passacaglia and Fugue [♫]C min??
BWV 583Trio [♫]D min??
BWV 585Trio [♫]C min??
BWV 586Trio [♫]G maj??
BWV 587Aria [♫]F maj??
BWV 591Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth [♫]??
BWV 598Pedal-Exercitium [♫]??
BWV 645Schübler chorales ??
BWV 651Leipzig chorales [♫]??
BWV 669Clavier-Uebung III [♫]??
BWV 66aDer Himmel dacht auf Anhalts Ruhm und Glück, serenata ??
BWV 690Miscellaneus Chorales (ca. 1708-1717) ??
BWV 691aWer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten ??
BWV 692Ach Gott und Herr ??
BWV 692Spurious ??
BWV 693Ach Gott und Herr ??
BWV 693Spurious ??
BWV 695aFantasia super Christ lag in Todes Banden ??
BWV 713aFantasia super Jesu, meine Freude ??
BWV 740Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, Vater ??
BWV 743Ach, was ist doch unser Leben ??
BWV 744Auf meinen lieben Gott ??
BWV 745Aus der Tiefe rufe ich ??
BWV 746Christ ist erstanden ??
BWV 747Christus, der uns selig macht ??
BWV 748Gott der Vater wohn' uns bei ??
BWV 749Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend' ??
BWV 750Herr Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht ??
BWV 751In dulci jubilo [♫]??
BWV 752Jesu, der du meine Seele ??
BWV 753Jesu, meine Freude ??
BWV 754Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier ??
BWV 755Nun freut euch, lieben Christen ??
BWV 756Nun ruhen alle Wälder ??
BWV 757O herre Gott, din göttlich's Wort ??
BWV 758O vater, allmächtiger Gott ??
BWV 759Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele ??
BWV 760Vater unser im Himmelreich ??
BWV 761Vater unser im Himmelreich ??
BWV 762Vater unser im Himmelreich ??
BWV 763Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern ??
BWV 765Wur glauben all' an einen Gott ??
BWV 769Canonic Variations ??
BWV 770Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen [♫]??
BWV 771Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr [♫]??
BWV 802Duet [♫]E min??
BWV 803Duet [♫]F maj??
BWV 804Duet [♫]G maj??
BWV 805Duet [♫]A min??
BWV 80bEin Feste Burg ist unser Gott ??
BWV 820Overture [♫]F maj??
BWV 832Partita [♫]A maj??
BWV 834Allemande C min??
BWV 835Allemande [♫]A min??
BWV 836Allemande G min??
BWV 837Allemande G min??
BWV 838Allemande and courante [♫]A maj??
BWV 839Sarabande G min??
BWV 840Courante G maj??
BWV 844Scherzo [♫]D min??
BWV 844Scherzo D min??
BWV 845Gigue [♫]F min??
BWV 905Fantasia and fugue D min??
BWV 907Fantasia and fughetta B♭ maj??
BWV 908Fantasia and fughetta D maj??
BWV 917Fantasia [♫]G min??
BWV 918Fantasia [♫]C min??
BWV 919Fantasia [♫]C min??
BWV 920Fantasia G min??
BWV 922Prelude (Fantasia) A min??
BWV 924Praeambulum [♫]C maj??
BWV 927Praeambulum [♫]F maj??
BWV 929Trio [♫]G min??
BWV 930Praeambulum [♫]G min??
BWV 968Adagio [♫]G maj??
BWV 969Andante G min??
BWV 970Presto D min??
BWV 990Sarabande con partite C min??
BWV 991Air with variations C min??
BWV 994Applicatio [♫]C maj??
BWV 766Christ, der du bist der helle Tag [♫]1700
BWV 767O Gott, du frommer Gott [♫]1700
BWV 768Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig [♫]1700
BWV 715Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr 1703
BWV 718Christ lag in Todes banden 1703
BWV 721Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott [♫]1703
BWV 722Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ 1703
BWV 732Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich 1703
BWV 735Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben 1703
BWV 737Vater unser im Himmelreich 1703
BWV 992Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo [♫]1703
BWV 741Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh' darein [♫]1705
BWV 993Capriccio [♫]E maj1705
BWV 912Toccata [♫]D maj1706
BWV 913Toccata [♫]D min1706
BWV 914Toccata [♫]E min1706
BWV 915Toccata [♫]G min1706
BWV 916Toccata [♫]G maj1706
BWV 524Quodlibet, SATB 1707
BWV 563Fantasia [♫]B min1707
BWV 570Fantasia [♫]C maj1707
BWV 106Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit 1708
BWV 1090Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1091Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1092Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1093Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1094Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1095Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1096Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1097Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1098Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1099Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1100Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1101Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1102Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1103Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1104Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1105Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1106Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1107Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1108Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1109Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1110Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1111Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1112Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1113Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1114Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1115Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1116Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1117Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1118Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1119Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 1120Untitled chorale [♫]1708
BWV 538Toccata and Fugue 'Dorian' [♫]D min1708
BWV 562Fantasia and Fugue [♫]C min1708
BWV 564Toccata, adagio [♫]C maj1708
BWV 565Toccata and Fugue [♫]D min1708
BWV 572Fantasia [♫]G maj1708
BWV 651Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist 1708
BWV 652Komm, heiliger Geist [♫]1708
BWV 653An Wasserflüßen Babylon [♫]1708
BWV 654Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele [♫]1708
BWV 655Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (trio super) [♫]1708
BWV 656O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig [♫]1708
BWV 657Nun danket alle Gott [♫]1708
BWV 658Von Gott will ich nicht lassen [♫]1708
BWV 659Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [♫]1708
BWV 660Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (trio super) [♫]1708
BWV 661Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [♫]1708
BWV 662Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' [♫]1708
BWV 663Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' [♫]1708
BWV 664Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' (Trio super) [♫]1708
BWV 665Jesus Christus unser Heiland [♫]1708
BWV 666Jesus Christus unser Heiland [♫]1708
BWV 667Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist [♫]1708
BWV 668Vor deinen Thron tret' ich [♫]1708
BWV 690Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten 1708
BWV 691Wer nun den lieben Gott laßt walten 1708
BWV 694Wo soll ich fliehen hin 1708
BWV 695Christ lag in Todesbanden (Fantasia) 1708
BWV 696Christum wir sollen loben schon 1708
BWV 697Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ 1708
BWV 698Herr Christ, der eineg Gottes Sohn 1708
BWV 699Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 1708
BWV 700Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her 1708
BWV 701Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her 1708
BWV 702Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost 1708
BWV 703Gottes Sohn ist kommen 1708
BWV 704Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott 1708
BWV 705Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt 1708
BWV 706Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier 1708
BWV 707Ich hab' mein' Sach Gott heim gestellt 1708
BWV 708Ich hab' mein' Sach Gott heim gestellt 1708
BWV 709Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend 1708
BWV 710Wir Christenleut hab'n jetz 1708
BWV 711Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr 1708
BWV 712In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr 1708
BWV 713Jesu meine Freude (Fantasia) 1708
BWV 714Ach Gott und Herr [♫]1708
BWV 716Fuga super Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr 1708
BWV 717Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr' 1708
BWV 719Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich [♫]1708
BWV 723Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ 1708
BWV 724Gott, durch dein Güte (Gottes Sohn ist kommen) 1708
BWV 725Herr Gott, dich loben wir 1708
BWV 726Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend 1708
BWV 727Herzlich tut mich verlangen 1708
BWV 729In dulci jubilo 1708
BWV 730Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier 1708
BWV 731Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier 1708
BWV 733Meine Seele erhebrt den Herren [♫]1708
BWV 734Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein/Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit 1708
BWV 736Valet will ich dir geben 1708
BWV 738Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her 1708
BWV 739Wie schön leuchter der Morgenstern 1708
BWV 742Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder [♫]1708
BWV 764Wie schön leuchtet der Morgernstern 1708
BWV 833Prelude and partita [♫]F maj1708
BWV 589Alla breve [♫]D maj1709
BWV 720Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott 1709
BWV 910Toccata [♫]F♯ min1709
BWV 911Toccata [♫]C min1709
BWV 590Pastorale [♫]F maj1710
BWV 1040Trio F maj1713
BWV 1046aSinfonia, 2 horns, 3 oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo F maj1713
BWV 1073Canon a 4 perpetuus [♫]1713
BWV 599Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [♫]1713
BWV 600Gott, durch deine Guete [♫]1713
BWV 601Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn [♫]1713
BWV 602Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott [♫]1713
BWV 603Puer natus in Bethlehem [♫]1713
BWV 604Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ [♫]1713
BWV 605Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich [♫]1713
BWV 606Vom Himmel hoch, da komm'ich her [♫]1713
BWV 607Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schaar [♫]1713
BWV 608In dulci jubilo [♫]1713
BWV 609Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich [♫]1713
BWV 610Jesu, mein Freude [♫]1713
BWV 611Christum wir sollen loben schon [♫]1713
BWV 612Wir Christenleut' [♫]1713
BWV 614Das alte Jahr vergangen ist [♫]1713
BWV 615In dir ist Freude [♫]1713
BWV 616Mit Fried' und Freud'ich fahr dahin [♫]1713
BWV 617Herr Gott. nun schleuss den Himmel auf [♫]1713
BWV 618O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig [♫]1713
BWV 619Christe, du Lamm Gottes [♫]1713
BWV 620Christus, der uns selig macht [♫]1713
BWV 621Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund' [♫]1713
BWV 622O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß [♫]1713
BWV 623Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ [♫]1713
BWV 624Hilf Gott, dass mir's gelinge [♫]1713
BWV 625Christ lag in Todesbanden [♫]1713
BWV 626Jesus Christus, unser Heiland [♫]1713
BWV 627Christ ist erstanden [♫]1713
BWV 628Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ [♫]1713
BWV 629Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag [♫]1713
BWV 630Heut' triumphiret Gottes Sohn [♫]1713
BWV 631Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist [♫]1713
BWV 632Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend' [♫]1713
BWV 633Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier [♫]1713
BWV 634Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier [♫]1713
BWV 635Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot' [♫]1713
BWV 636Vater unser im Himmelreich 1713
BWV 637Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt [♫]1713
BWV 638Es ist das Heil uns kommen her [♫]1713
BWV 639Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ [♫]1713
BWV 640In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr [♫]1713
BWV 641Wenn wir in höchsten Nothen sein 1713
BWV 642Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten [♫]1713
BWV 643Alle Menschen mussen sterben [♫]1713
BWV 644Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig 1713
BWV 989Aria variata [♫]A min1714
BWV 588Canzona [♫]D min1715
BWV 80aAlles, was von Gott begoren 1715
BWV 147aHerz und Mund und Tat und Leben 1716
BWV 186aÄrgre dich, o Seele, nicht 1716
BWV 70aWachet! betet! betet! wachet! 1716
BWV 933Little prelude [♫]C maj1717
BWV 934Little prelude [♫]C min1717
BWV 935Little prelude [♫]D min1717
BWV 936Little prelude [♫]D maj1717
BWV 937Little prelude [♫]E maj1717
BWV 938Little prelude [♫]E min1717
BWV 1013Partita [♫]A min1718
BWV 134aDie Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht 1719
BWV 1004Partita [♫]B min1720
BWV 1005Partita [♫]D min1720
BWV 1006Partita [♫]E maj1720
BWV 903Chromatic fantasia and fugue [♫]D min1720
BWV 173aDurchlauchtster Leopold 1722
BWV 184aMusic and Text Lost 1722
BWV 573Fantasia C maj1722
BWV 728Jesus, meine Zuversicht 1722
BWV 105Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht 1723
BWV 109Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem 1723
BWV 194aMusic and Text Lost 1723
BWV 237Sanctus in C C maj1723
BWV 238Sanctus in D D maj1723
BWV 243aMagnificat in E flat E♭ maj1723
BWV 69aLobe den Herrn, meine Seele 1723
BWV 772Two-part invention [♫]C maj1723
BWV 773Two-part invention [♫]C min1723
BWV 774Two-part invention [♫]D maj1723
BWV 775Two-part invention [♫]D min1723
BWV 776Two-part invention [♫]E♭ maj1723
BWV 777Two-part invention [♫]E maj1723
BWV 778Two-part invention [♫]E min1723
BWV 779Two-part invention [♫]F maj1723
BWV 780Two-part invention [♫]F min1723
BWV 781Two-part invention [♫]G maj1723
BWV 782Two-part invention [♫]G min1723
BWV 783Two-part invention [♫]A maj1723
BWV 784Two-part invention [♫]A min1723
BWV 785Two-part invention [♫]B♭ maj1723
BWV 786Two-part invention [♫]B min1723
BWV 787Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]C maj1723
BWV 788Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]C min1723
BWV 789Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]D maj1723
BWV 790Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]D min1723
BWV 791Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]E♭ maj1723
BWV 792Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]E maj1723
BWV 793Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]E min1723
BWV 794Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]F maj1723
BWV 795Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]F min1723
BWV 796Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]G maj1723
BWV 797Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]G min1723
BWV 798Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]A maj1723
BWV 799Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]A min1723
BWV 800Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]B♭ maj1723
BWV 801Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) [♫]B min1723
BWV 101Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott 1724
BWV 104Du Hirte Israel, höre und heulen 1724
BWV 107Was willst du dich betrüben 1724
BWV 245Johannes-Passion – Saint John Passion 1724
BWV 108Es ist euch gut, dass ich hingehe 1725
BWV 249Oster-Oratorium – Easter Oratorio 1725
BWV 249aEntfliehet, verschwindet 1725
BWV 36cSchwingt freudig euch empor 1725
BWV 509Gedenke doch, mein Geist, aria 1725
BWV 584Trio [♫]G min1725
BWV 904Fantasia and fugue [♫]A min1725
BWV 102Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben 1726
BWV 103Ihr werdet weinen 1726
BWV 36aSteigt freudig in die Luft 1726
BWV 510Gib dich zufrieden, chorale F maj1726
BWV 825Clavier-Übung - Partita [♫]B♭ maj1726
BWV 826Clavier-Übung - Partita [♫]C min1726
BWV 827Clavier-Übung - Partita [♫]A min1726
BWV 828Clavier-Übung - Partita [♫]D maj1726
BWV 829Clavier-Übung - Partita [♫]G maj1726
BWV 830Clavier-Übung - Partita [♫]E min1726
BWV 1074Canon a 4 [♫]1727
BWV 193aIhr Häuser des Himmels, ihr scheinenden Lichter; dramma per musica 1727
BWV 244Matthäus-Passion – Saint Mathew Passion [♫]1727
BWV 511Gib dich zufrieden, chorale G min1727
BWV 216Vergnügte Pleissenstadt 1728
BWV 512Gib dich zufrieden, chorale E min1728
BWV 906Fantasia and fugue [♫]C min1728
BWV 120aHerr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge 1729
BWV 197aEhre sei Gott in der Höhe 1729
BWV 513O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, chorale 1729
BWV 190aSinget dem Herrn ein neues Lied! 1730
BWV 514Schaffs mit mir, Gott, chorale 1730
BWV 515So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife, aria G min1731
BWV 243Magnificat in D D maj1732
BWV 516Warum betrübst du dich, aria 1732
BWV 517Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seelen 1733
BWV 1075Canon a 2 perpetuus [♫]1734
BWV 215Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen 1734
BWV 248Weihnachts-Oratorium – Christmas Oratorio 1734
BWV 518Wilst du dein Herz mir schenken, aria 'Aria di Giovanni' 1734
BWV 100Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan 1735
BWV 207aAuf, schmetternde Töne 1735
BWV 36bDie Freude reget sich 1735
BWV 831Ouverture nach französische Art [♫]B min1735
BWV 439Ach, dass nicht die letzte Stunde 1736
BWV 30aAngenehmes Wiedarau 1737
BWV 440Auf, auf! die rechte Zeit ist hier 1737
BWV 997Partita [♫]C min1737
BWV 441Auf! auf! mein Herz, mit Freuden 1738
BWV 442Beglückter Stand getreuer Seelen 1739
BWV 669Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit 1739
BWV 670Christe, aller Welt Trost 1739
BWV 671Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist 1739
BWV 672Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit [♫]1739
BWV 673Christe, aller Welt Trost [♫]1739
BWV 674Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist [♫]1739
BWV 675Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr [♫]1739
BWV 676Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr [♫]1739
BWV 677Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr (Fughetta) [♫]1739
BWV 678Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot [♫]1739
BWV 679Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot (Fughetta) [♫]1739
BWV 680Wir glauben all'an einen Gott [♫]1739
BWV 681Wir glauben alle an einen Gott (Fughetta) [♫]1739
BWV 682Vater unser im Himmelreich [♫]1739
BWV 683Vater unser im Himmelreich [♫]1739
BWV 684Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam [♫]1739
BWV 685Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam [♫]1739
BWV 686Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir [♫]1739
BWV 687Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir [♫]1739
BWV 688Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt [♫]1739
BWV 689Fuga super Jesus Christus unser Heiland [♫]1739
BWV 1083Credo F maj1740
BWV 443Beschränkt, ihr Weisen dieser Welt 1740
BWV 613Helft mir Gottes Guete preisen [♫]1740
BWV 998Prelude, fugue and allegro [♫]E♭ maj1740
BWV 444Brcih entzwei, mein armes Herze 1741
BWV 988Goldberg Variationen (Clavier-Übung) [♫]1741
BWV 1080Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge) [♫]1742
BWV 445Brunnquell aller Güter 1742
BWV 446Der lieben Sonnen Licht und pracht 1743
BWV 447Der Tag ist hin, die Sonne gehet nieder 1744
BWV 448Der Tag mit seinem Lichte 1745
BWV 1076Canon triplex a 6 [♫]1746
BWV 449Dich bet'ich an, mein höchster Gott 1746
BWV 1077Canone doppio sopr'il soggetto [♫]1747
BWV 1079Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer) [♫]1747
BWV 450Die bittre Leidenszeit beginnet abermal 1747
BWV 645Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme [♫]1747
BWV 646Wo soll ich fliehen hin [♫]1747
BWV 647Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten [♫]1747
BWV 648Meine Seele erhebt den Herren [♫]1747
BWV 649Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ [♫]1747
BWV 650Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter [♫]1747
BWV 451Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud' und Wonne 1748
BWV 769Von Himmel hoch, da komm 'ich her [♫]1748
BWV 1078Canon super fa mi a 7 post tempus musicum [♫]1749
BWV 452Dir, dir Jehovah, will ich singen 1749
BWV 453Eins ist Not! ach Herr, dies Eine 1750
BWV 454Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist 1751
BWV 455Erwürgtes Lamm, das die verwahrten Siegel 1752
BWV 456Es glänzet der Christen 1753
BWV 1072Canon trias harmonica [♫]1754
BWV 457Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben 1754
BWV 458Es ist vollbracht! vergiss ja nicht 1755
BWV 459Es kostet viel, ein Christ zu sein 1756
BWV 460Gieb dich zufrieden und sei stille 1757
BWV 461Gott lebet noch; Seele, was verzagst du doch? 1758
BWV 462Gott, wie groß ist deine Güte 1759
BWV 463Herr, nicht schicke deine Rache 1760
BWV 464Ich bin ja, Herr, in deiner Macht 1761
BWV 465Ich freue mich in der 1762
BWV 466Ich halte treulich still und liebe 1763
BWV 467Ich laß' dich nicht 1764
BWV 468Ich liebe Jesum alle Stund' 1765
BWV 469Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier 1766
BWV 470Jesu, Jesu, du bist mein 1767
BWV 471Jesu, deine Liebeswunden 1768
BWV 472Jesu, meines Glaubens Zier 1769
BWV 473Jesu, meines Herzens Freud 1770
BWV 474Jesus ist das schönste Licht 1771
BWV 475Jesus, unser Trost und Leben 1772
BWV 476Ich Gestirn', ihr hohen Lufte 1773
BWV 477Kein Stündlein geht dahin 1774
BWV 478Komm, süßer Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh! 1775
BWV 479Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag 1776
BWV 480Kommt wieder aus der finstern Gruft 1777
BWV 481Liebes Herz, bedenke doch 1778
BWV 482Liebes Herz, bedenke doch 1779
BWV 483Liebster Gott, wann werd' ich sterben? 1780
BWV 484Liebster Herr Jesu! wo bleibest du so lange? 1781
BWV 485Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen 1782
BWV 486Mein Jesu, dem die Seraphinen 1783
BWV 253Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ 1784
BWV 254Ach Gott, erhör' mein Seufzen 1784
BWV 255Ach Gott und Herr 1784
BWV 256Ach lieben Christen, seid getrost 1784
BWV 257Harmonised chorale 1784
BWV 258Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält 1784
BWV 259Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen 1784
BWV 260Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' 1784
BWV 261Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ 1784
BWV 262Alle Menschen müßen sterben 1784
BWV 263Alles ist an Gottes Segen 1784
BWV 264Als der gütige Gott 1784
BWV 265Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht 1784
BWV 266Als vierzig Tag nach Ostern 1784
BWV 267An Wasserflüßen Babylon 1784
BWV 268Auf, auf, mein Herz, und du mein ganzer Sinn 1784
BWV 269Aus meines Herzens Grunde 1784
BWV 270Befiehl du deine Wege 1784
BWV 271Befiehl du deine Wege 1784
BWV 272Befiehl du deine Wege 1784
BWV 273Christ, der du bist der helle Tag 1784
BWV 274Christ, der du bist Tag und Licht 1784
BWV 275Christe, du Beistand deiner Kreuzgemeinde 1784
BWV 276Christ ist erstanden 1784
BWV 277Christ lag in Todesbanden 1784
BWV 278Christ lag in Todesbanden 1784
BWV 279Christ lag in Todesbanden 1784
BWV 280Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam 1784
BWV 281Christus, der is mein Leben 1784
BWV 282Christus, der is mein Leben 1784
BWV 283Christus, der uns selig macht 1784
BWV 284Christus, ist erstanden, hat überwunden 1784
BWV 285Da der Herr Christ zu Tische saß 1784
BWV 286Danket dem Herren 1784
BWV 287Dank sei Gott in der Höhe 1784
BWV 288Das alte Jahr vergangen ist 1784
BWV 289Das alte Jahr vergangen ist 1784
BWV 290Das walt' Gott Vater und Gott Sohn 1784
BWV 291Das walt' mein Gott, Vater, Sohn und heiliger Geist 1784
BWV 292Den Vater dort oben 1784
BWV 293Der du bist drei in Einigkeit 1784
BWV 294Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich 1784
BWV 295Des heil'gen Geistes recihe Gnad' 1784
BWV 296Die Nacht ist kommen 1784
BWV 297Die Sonn' hat sich mit ihrem Glanz 1784
BWV 298Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot' 1784
BWV 299Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen 1784
BWV 300Du großer Schmerzensmann 1784
BWV 301Du, o schönes Weltgebäude 1784
BWV 302Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott 1784
BWV 303Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott 1784
BWV 304Eins ist Not! ach Herr, dies Eine 1784
BWV 305Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre gott 1784
BWV 306Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ 1784
BWV 307Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit 1784
BWV 308Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl 1784
BWV 309Es stehn vor Gottes Throne 1784
BWV 310Es wird schier der letzte Tag herkommen 1784
BWV 311Es woll' uns Gott genädig sein 1784
BWV 312Es woll' uns Gott genädig sein 1784
BWV 313Für Freuden laßt uns springen 1784
BWV 314Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ 1784
BWV 315Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille 1784
BWV 316Gott, der du selber bist das Licht 1784
BWV 317Gott, der Vater, wohn' uns bei 1784
BWV 318Gottes Sohn ist kommen 1784
BWV 319Gott hat das Evangelium 1784
BWV 320Gott lebet noch 1784
BWV 321Gotlob, es geht nunmehr zu Ende 1784
BWV 322Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet/Meine Seele erhebet den Herrn 1784
BWV 323Gott sei uns gnädig 1784
BWV 325Heilig, heilig 1784
BWV 326Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir 1784
BWV 327Für deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit 1784
BWV 328Herr, Gott, dich loben wir 1784
BWV 329Herr, ich denk' an jene Zeit 1784
BWV 330Herr, ich habe mißgehandelt 1784
BWV 331Herr, ich habe mißgehandelt 1784
BWV 332Herr Jesu Christe, dich zu uns wend 1784
BWV 333Herr Jesu Christ, du hast bereit't 1784
BWV 334Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut 1784
BWV 335Herr Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht 1784
BWV 336Herr Jesu Christ, wahr'r Mensch und Gott 1784
BWV 337Herr, nun laß in Frieden 1784
BWV 338Herr, straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn 1784
BWV 339Herr, wie du willst, so schick's mit mir 1784
BWV 340Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr 1784
BWV 341Heut' ist, o Mensch, ein großer Trauertag 1784
BWV 342Heut' triumphieret Gottes Sohn 1784
BWV 343Hilf, Gott, dass mir's gelinge 1784
BWV 344Hilf, Herr Jesu, laß gelingen 1784
BWV 345Ich bin ja, Herr, in deiner Macht 1784
BWV 346Ich dank' dir, Gott, für alf' Wohltat 1784
BWV 347Ich dank' dir, lieber Herre 1784
BWV 348Ich dank' dir, lieber Herre 1784
BWV 349Ich dank' dir schon durch deinen Sohn 1784
BWV 350Ich danke dir, o Gott, in deinem Throne 1784
BWV 351Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott heimgestellt 1784
BWV 352Jesu, der du meine Seele 1784
BWV 353Jesu, der du meine Seele 1784
BWV 354Jesu, der du meine Seele 1784
BWV 355Jesu, der du selbsten wohl 1784
BWV 356Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben 1784
BWV 357Jesu, Jesu, du bist mein 1784
BWV 358Jesu, meine Freude 1784
BWV 359Jesu meiner Seelen Wonne 1784
BWV 360Jesu meiner Seelen Wonne 1784
BWV 361Jesu, meines Herzens Freud' 1784
BWV 362Jesu, nun sei gepreiset 1784
BWV 363Jesus Christus, unser Heiland 1784
BWV 364Jesus Christus, unser Heiland 1784
BWV 365Jesus, meine Zuversicht 1784
BWV 366Ihr Gestirn', iht hohlen Lüfte 1784
BWV 367In allen meinen Taten 1784
BWV 368In dulci jubilo 1784
BWV 369Keinen hat Gott verlassen 1784
BWV 370Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist 1784
BWV 371Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit 1784
BWV 372Laß, o Herr, dein Ohr sich neigen 1784
BWV 373Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier 1784
BWV 374Lobet den Herren, denn er ist freundlich 1784
BWV 375Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich 1784
BWV 376Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich 1784
BWV 377Mach's mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt' 1784
BWV 378Meine Augen schließ' ich jetzt 1784
BWV 379Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht, Jesus 1784
BWV 380Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht, weil 1784
BWV 381Meines Lebens letzte Zeit 1784
BWV 382Harmonised chorale 1784
BWV 383Mitten wir im Leben sind 1784
BWV 384Nicht so traurig, nicht so sehr 1784
BWV 385Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist 1784
BWV 386Nun danket alle Gott 1784
BWV 387Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder all' 1784
BWV 388Nun freut euch, lieben Christem, g'mein 1784
BWV 389Nun lob', mein' Seel', den Herren 1784
BWV 390Nun lob', mein' Seel', den Herren 1784
BWV 391Nun preiset alle Gottes Barmherzigkeit 1784
BWV 392Nun ruhen alle Wälder 1784
BWV 393O Welt, sieh hier dein Leben 1784
BWV 394O Welt, sieh hier dein Leben 1784
BWV 395O Welt, sieh hier dein Leben 1784
BWV 396Nun sich der Tag geendet hat 1784
BWV 397O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort 1784
BWV 398O Gott, du frommer Gott 1784
BWV 399O Gott, du frommer Gott 1784
BWV 400O Herzensangst, o Bangigkeit 1784
BWV 401O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig 1784
BWV 402O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß 1784
BWV 403O Mensch, schaue Jesum Christum an 1784
BWV 404O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid 1784
BWV 405O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen 1784
BWV 406O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen 1784
BWV 407O wir armen Sünder 1784
BWV 408Schaut, ihr Sünder 1784
BWV 409Seelen-Bräutigam 1784
BWV 410Sie gergrüßet, Jesu gütig 1784
BWV 411Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied 1784
BWV 412So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht 1784
BWV 413Sollt' ich meinem Gott nicht singen 1784
BWV 414Uns ist ein Kindlein heut' gebor'n 1784
BWV 415Valet will ich dir geben 1784
BWV 416Vater unser im Himmelreich 1784
BWV 417Von Gott will ich nicht laßen 1784
BWV 418Von Gott will ich nicht laßen 1784
BWV 419Von Gott will ich nicht laßen 1784
BWV 420Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz 1784
BWV 421Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz 1784
BWV 422Warum sollt' ich mich denn grämen 1784
BWV 423Was betrübst du dich, mein Herze 1784
BWV 424Was bist du doch, o Seele, so betrübet 1784
BWV 425Was willst du dich, o meine Seele 1784
BWV 426Weltlich Ehr' und zeitlich Gut 1784
BWV 427Wenn ich in Angst und Not 1784
BWV 428Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist 1784
BWV 429Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist 1784
BWV 430Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist 1784
BWV 431Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein 1784
BWV 432Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein 1784
BWV 433Wer Gott vertraut, hat wohl gebaut 1784
BWV 434Wer nur den liebe Gott lässt walten 1784
BWV 435Wie bist du, Seele, in mir so gar betrübt 1784
BWV 436Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern 1784
BWV 437Wir glauben all' an einen Gott 1784
BWV 438Wo Gott zum Haus nicht gibt sein' Gunst 1784
BWV 487Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh 1784
BWV 488Meines Lebens letzte Zeit 1785
BWV 489Nicht so traurig, nicht so sehr 1786
BWV 490Nur mein Jesus ist mein Leben 1787
BWV 491O du Liebe meine Liebe 1788
BWV 492O finstre Nacht 1789
BWV 493O Jesulein Süß, o Jesulein mild 1790
BWV 494O liebe Selle, zieh' die Sinnen 1791
BWV 495O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen 1792
BWV 496Seelen-Bräutigam, Jesu, Gottes Lamm! 1793
BWV 497Seelenweide, meine Freude 1794
BWV 498Selig, wer an Jesum denkt 1795
BWV 499Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig 1796
BWV 500So gehst du nun, mein Jesu, hin 1797
BWV 501So giebst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht 1798
BWV 502So wünsch' ich mir zu guter Letzt 1799
BWV 503Steh' ich bei meinem Gott 1800
BWV 504Vergiss mein nicht, daß ich dein nicht 1801
BWV 505Vergiss mein nicht, vergiss mein nicht 1802
BWV 506Was bist du doch, o Seele, so betrübet 1803
BWV 507Wo ist mein Schäflein, das ich liebe 1804

Below you will find an article entitled Bach Without Fear by conductor Nicholas McGegan, one of the world’s leading authorities on Baroque and Classical repertoire. It was kindly sent to me by Yolanda Carden, Publicist, FSB Associates.


Bach Without Fear

Who is entitled to play Bach? The music director of a period-instrument orchestra reclaims baroque music for modern players.

By Nicholas McGegan

More than 250 years after Johann Sebastian Bach’s death, amid all the belated tributes and the new discoveries, the great master can still arouse a controversy or two. For this we can all be profoundly grateful, since it gives us cause to stop and think about his music and the manner in which we perform it.

The use of original instruments, or something approaching them, has been around for a good deal of the last century. Wanda Landowska and Arnold Dolmetsch played Bach on the harpsichord and clavichord at the dawn of the 20th century; and gradually over the decades more and more period instruments came to be used. By the 1970s, original-instrument St. Matthew Passions became possible, both on recordings and in the concert hall. This trend went hand-in-hand with a more general interest in the music of the past, including the Renaissance and medieval repertoire.

Along the way, the growing trend toward historically-informed performance encountered a fair amount of criticism, even ridicule, of the supposed gray musicologists and scruffy viola da gambists who were thought to have led this movement. But it must be remembered that many of the early pioneers were composers who drew inspiration from their researches into the past. It was Brahms who edited François Couperin, Webern who studied Heinrich Isaac, and Hindemith who founded the Collegium Musicum at Yale.

In the last 30 years, period-instrument orchestras have become ubiquitous, first in Europe and then in North America and Australia. Before these orchestras came on the scene, as I can personally testify, Baroque music was often not very well played. Many conductors never gave much thought to stylistic matters: Style, for them, was much the same for music of all periods, rather as with cheap gloves where one size supposedly fit all. If something on the page appeared too peculiar, the normal answer was to adapt the music’s performance to a more modern taste. One can see the same process at work in movies of fifty years ago: Gene Kelly seems a very modern musketeer as he “swashbuckles” his way though 17th-century France unable to pronounce Richelieu!

This non-historical approach provoked a strong reaction among the original-instrument brigade. As a result, they became almost obsessed with style, obsessed with the quest for the Holy Grail of Correctness that would purify Bach performance from the sins of the negligent. Some of their writings seem rather priggish today, and most of us who work with period instruments have long ago stopped tilting at these windmills because now there are so many more interesting and important things to do. Period-instrument players have become much more concerned with giving emotional performances of great technical excellence. Gone, I trust, are the days when a recording carried a Cordon Bleu across its cover saying “played on original instruments” like some kind of USDA stamp of musical wholesomeness, i.e., “This Performance Will be Good for You and Contains Only Marginal Traces of Romanticism.”

Happily, too, modern orchestras and conductors have been influenced by the “Baroque-niks.” Today’s string players use a subtler vibrato for Bach or Mozart than they might for Elgar. (I was astonished a few years ago to have to ask the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to use more vibrato in a Beethoven Symphony; apparently their then-music director, Sir Simon Rattle, preferred to have his Viennese classics virtually vibrato-free.) Modern orchestras are also beginning to experiment with historical seating arrangements, and are finding that a classical symphony takes on a whole new flavor when the first and second violins sit in stereo. Such period-instrument effects as bow-vibrato are no longer routinely erased and replaced with something more “convenient.” Not all these experiments are equally successful with all orchestras, but it is a fine thing to re-think constantly how one performs, and not to be smugly satisfied with routine.

Unfortunately, there are still a few unrepentant purists around who would seem to prefer that music not be performed at all, unless on the original instruments—just the right number of them, mind you, at exactly the original pitch in use in that region at that time, etc. To me this is like searching for the end of the rainbow. Can we really only do justice to a Handel opera by having it sung by castrati? Are any of the Puritans willing to volunteer themselves or their children to be made into “authentic” instruments for the purpose?

On the other side, there are a few curmudgeons who think that the period-instrument movement has contributed nothing to musical performance, except of course to make them foam at the mouth. These neo-Luddites, unlike the purists starving in their garrets, are sometimes internationally famous in the profession and therefore have greater opportunities to make themselves heard. Here it is important to distinguish between reasoned argument and plain distaste. To me, calling period performance “disgusting” and “complete rubbish”, as Pinchas Zukerman did in an interview in Toronto’s Globe and Mail, falls into the latter category. We are only human, and we are perhaps bound to dislike certain things: Personally, I detest the songs of Bob Dylan, and klezmer music makes me dive for the radio’s “off” switch almost as fast as the immortal songs of ABBA. However, I would not try to ennoble my prejudice by calling it an argument. Lets leave that to the televangelists!

On a totally different plane are the doubts and serious questions about period performance raised by the ever-inspiring Charles Rosen in a chapter of his book, Critical Entertainments.* While too lengthy to summarize here, his ruminations seem to enhance and elevate the whole nature of the debate.

For the rest, let them try to convince us by their playing. About twenty years ago, music critic Harold Schonberg reviewed a performance of the Bach concerto for four harpsichords played on four Steinway pianos. Acknowledging that Bach had written the piece for quite different instruments, and that it had originally been played in a completely different style, Schonberg admitted that the passion and commitment of the performance held him in delightful thrall from the first bar to the last. His review was a paean of praise for the eloquence of live performances, and the ability of compelling performances to transcend scholarly concerns.

This last point is, for me, much more important that whether a work is played on period instruments or not. I am lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay area where we have several symphony orchestras, modern chamber orchestras and a couple of period-instrument ensembles. In the 1980s, the San Francisco Symphony used to have a Bach Festival, but that withered. Now, Bach is mostly the preserve of the period-instrument groups. This is a pity, especially because Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra happily plays Beethoven and Mendelssohn. In most cities, such creative competition is not an option: perhaps the local symphony orchestra has been inhibited by the purists, and so no longer plays Bach or Corelli, but there is no period-instrument group to plug the repertoire gap. The sad result is that the music that is most often heard on the radio on the way to work is precisely that which is least performed in the concert hall.

There is a logistical problem here, too. Most concert halls today are designed for music on a grander scale than one generally finds in the Baroque repertoire. I can well remember feeling a bit silly conducting a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, which requires eight players, in a hall that held more than 2,500 people. Thank heavens it was played on modern instruments so that the public could at least hear something! Nevertheless, modern vs. period instruments was not the real issue. What was amiss was that the hall, which was perfect for Mahler, could not do much for chamber music.

This, to me, is a key concern: So much of the early repertoire is really for chamber forces and needs to be played in a space that bears some resemblance to a chamber. Some Baroque pieces, such as Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, sound splendid in a big hall, but they are the exception. I strongly advocate that a symphony orchestra look for a smaller alternative space to play the glorious music of Bach and his contemporaries. Symphony musicians love performing it, and audiences deserve to hear it live, not just on their car radios. Of course, there may be some mutterings from a Puritan or two, but no one is stopping them from mounting their own period-instrument concert series. As for the curmudgeons, let them be invited as guest artists, let them give the pre-concert talk and let the public hear them perform afterwards.

They had better be as captivating as the four Steinway pianists, though.

* Rosen, Charles, “The Benefits of Authenticity,” in Critical Entertainments, published by Harvard University Press, April 2000


Article © 2005 by Nicholas McGegan. Adapted from an article that first appeared in the September/October 2000 issue of SYMPHONY, the magazine of the American Symphony Orchestra League.


Nicholas McGegan

Conductor Nicholas McGegan is one of the world’s leading authorities on Baroque and Classical repertoire. A champion of such Baroque masters as Handel, Rameau, Bach and Vivaldi, his repertoire also encompasses Mozart and Haydn, the complete symphonies of Beethoven, and extends to Stravinsky, Britten, Tippett, and Glass.

Mr. McGegan’s itinerary includes appearances on many of the world’s most illustrious podiums. In the United States these include regular visits to Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles,, New York, Philadelphia, and Saint Louis. And in Europe no season goes by without visits to London, Glasgow, and Amsterdam.

He appears regularly at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Aspen, Ravinia, and New York’s Mostly Mozart festivals. A recent Ravinia highlight was “Los Sazones”, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons adapted for orchestra and salsa band by Jimmy Bosch. He frequently collaborates with Mark Morris and this year will conduct Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Group at both Mostly Mozart and Ravinia Festival.

Mr. McGegan, known to nearly everyone who meets him as “Nic”, has a long association with the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO), with whom he celebrates twenty years as music director in 2005. Since 1990, Nic has also been Artistic Director of Germany’s International Handel-Festival in Göttingen – the world’s oldest Festival celebrating Handel and his music.

For further information find Nic on the web at http://www.nicholasmcgegan.com.

June 2005

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