Johann Sebastian Bach was better known as a virtuoso organist than as a composer in his day. His sacred music, organ and choral works, and other instrumental music had an enthusiasm and seeming freedom that concealed immense rigor. Bach's use of counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the immense complexities of his compositional style -- which often included religious and numerological symbols that seem to fit perfectly together in a profound puzzle of special codes -- still amaze musicians today. Many consider him the greatest composer of all time. Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685. He was taught to play the violin and harpsichord by his father, Johann Ambrosius, a court trumpeter in the service of the Duke of Eisenach. Young Johann was not yet ten when his father died, leaving him orphaned. He was taken in by his recently ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016 1720 16:36 Chamber Music
Passacaglia and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 582 (BC J79) 1708 13:50 Keyboard
Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major, BWV 971 (BC L7) (Clavier-Übung II/1) 1735 12:43 Keyboard
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 1721 20:58 Concerto
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, for keyboard in D minor, BWV 903 (BC L34) 1723 11:51 Keyboard
French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23) 1722 17:02 Keyboard
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 1721 20:39 Concerto
Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV) 1741 57:18 Keyboard
Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 1720 17:53 Chamber Music
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042 1730 17:12 Concerto
Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 1720 16:25 Chamber Music
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043 1730 15:31 Concerto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 1721 17:07 Concerto
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1) 1726 13:34 Choral
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 1730 14:12 Concerto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 1721 11:33 Concerto
Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 1720 28:05 Chamber Music
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 1731 20:37 Orchestral
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 1721 19:55 Concerto
Fantasia and Fugue, for organ in G minor ("Great"), BWV 542 (BC J42, 57, 67) 1725 11:51 Keyboard
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