Johann Sebastian Bach

For centuries, the organ, with its instrumental characteristics, has served to express in the context of Western-European churches the awe and reverence of man before God, and in the heyday of the Baroque era, the music of JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH took the place of musical worship service.

In directions to his disciples, Bach said, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. Where this is not observed, there will be no real music but only a devilish hubbub”. Invocations, such as Soli Deo Gloria (“Glory to God Alone”) and Jesu juva (“Jesus, help me!”), were placed by him in the form of abbreviations on the sheets of his scores and they signify the essence of his music, the dedication of his humble and devoted life.

In his Orgelbüchlein (“Little Organ Book”), a collection of little Chorale Preludes, he recorded the following: Dem Höchsten Gott allein’ zu Ehren, dem Nechsten, draus sich zu belehren (“In honour of our Lord alone that my fellow man his skill may hone”). These inscriptions were for him not just verbal formulas, but also confessions of faith, pervading all his work. Throughout his entire life, he remained faithful to his own church – the Lutheran. He was not only a devout believer, but also a theologian who navigated quite adeptly in religious affairs. His library included the complete collected writings of Luther, as well as seminal works of later theologians from different denominations. Bach is a phenomenon in German religious history through the kind of faith and mentality, embodied in his music.

In Bach’s times, the German organ school had was in a leading position, it was then that the best instruments were built in Germany and the most outstanding organ works were created. From the nineteenth century onward France took the leading role – this is where a school of organ was established by composers and performers. Modern compositions reflect the combined achievement of precisely these two schools.

Works


"Herzlich tut mich verlangen"- Chorale prelude for Organ, BWV 727
"Johannes-Passion" for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra, BWV 245
"Matthäus-Passion" for solo Voices, Double choir and Double orchestra, BWV 244
"O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß" - Chorale prelude for Organ, BWV 622
"The Art of Fugue", Cycle of 14 Fugues and Canons, BWV 1080
"These are the holy Ten Commandments" from Organ Mass
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata for Violin No.1 in G minor
Andante in G major
Aria for Violin and Piano
Aria from Suite for Orchestra No.3 in D major, BWV 1068
Aria “Schafe können sicher weiden” from Cantata BWV 208 „Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd“
Arias from "Johannes-Passion"
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major, BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G minor, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050
Cantata "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimmе", BWV 140
Cantata "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" BWV 202
Cantatas
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo Violin
Choral "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr", BWV 663
Choral "Jesus bleibet meine Freude" from Cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben", BWV 147
Choral for Bass, Vocal Quartet and Organ
Choral for Organ "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr"
Choral for Organ "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir", BWV 686
Choral for Organ "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam", BWV 684
Choral for Organ "Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 688
Choral for Organ "Vater unser im Himmelreich", BWV 682
Choral for Organ "Wir glauben all an einen Gott", BWV 680
Choral Partita „Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig“, BWV 768
Choral Prelude "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (Awake, the Voice commands) , BWV 645 (transcription by F. Busoni)
Choral Prelude „Nun danket alle Gott”, BWV 657
Choral Prelude „O, Lamm Gottes unschuldig“, BWV 656
Choral Prelude „Schmücke Dich, o liebe Seele”, BWV 654
Choral “In dir ist Freude”
Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV 248
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Concerto for Harpsichord
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor BWV 1060
Concerto for Oboe d’amore
Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A major, BWV 1055
Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053r
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4 in A major, BWV 1055
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056
Concerto for Three Violins in D major, BWV 1064
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in C major, BWV 1061
Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV 1060
Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV 1062
Concerto for two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041
English Suite No.2 in A minor - BWV 807
Fantasia for Organ in C minor, BWV 562
Fantasy and Fugue
Fantasy and Fugue in C minor for Organ, BWV 542
Fantasy and Fugue in G minor for Organ, BWV 542
Four Cannons for Viola and Cello
Four Duets for Violin and Cello
Four Fugues from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Goldberg Variations
Keyboard Partita No.1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Kyrie-Christe-Kyrie from Third Movement of "Clavier-Übung"
Magnificat for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra, BWV 243
Mass in B minor for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra, BWV 232
Menuet
Organ Mass
Partita for Solo Violin
Passacaglia for Organ in C minor, BWV 582
Pastorale for Organ in F major, BWV 590
Piano Partita No.4 in D major, BWV 828
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C Major, BWV 547
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat Major "St. Anne", BWV 552
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor, BWV 548
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in F minor, BWV 534
Prelude and Fugue in B minor for Organ
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541
Prelude and fugue in G minor for Organ, BWV 535
Sinfonia BWV 174
Sinfonia BWV 42
Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 29
Six-Voice Ricercar
Sonata for Flute in B minor, BWV 1030
Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Sonata for Organ No.5 in C major, BWV 529
Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Sonata for Viola da gamba and Basso Continuo
Sonata for Violin and Continuo
Suite for Orchestra No.3 in D major, BWV 1068
Suite for Orchestra No.4 in D major, BWV 1069
Suite for solo Cello No. 4 in E♭ major, BWV 1010
Suite for Solo Cello No.1 in G major, BWV 1007
Suite for Solo Cello No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite for Solo Cello No.3 in C major, BWV 1009
Suite for Solo Cello No.5
Suite for Solo Cello No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite for Solo Cello No.6 in D major, BWV 1012
Suite No.1 for Orchestra in C major, BWV 1066
Suite No.2 for Flute and Orchestra in B minor, BWV 1067
Three Choral Preludes
Three Sonatas for Cello and Harpsichord
Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BWV 540
Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Organ, BWV 565
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 for Organ
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue for Organ in C major, BWV 564
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564, transcription by Leo Weiner
Trio Sonata for Organ in D minor, BWV 527
Trio Sonata for Organ in G major, BWV 530
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Voodoo Violin
“Nun danket alle Gott” from Cantata BWV 79

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