Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Philip Bierk (born April 3, 1968), known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987 to 1996. He continues a solo career, acted on Broadway, and has made appearances in film and television.

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Sebastian Bach, West Hollywood, CA on March 1, 2012
Background information
Birth nameSebastian Philip Bierk
BornApril 3, 1968 (age 51)
Freeport, Bahamas
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Instruments
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Career

Kid Wikkid (1983–1985)

The members of Kid Wikkid were based in Peterborough, Ontario. Upon hearing of the band and unaware of their ages, 14-year-old Bach auditioned for the group, and was hired by guitar player and band leader Jason Delorme. Kid Wikkid moved back to Toronto, and Bach's dad eventually allowed Bach to move in with an aunt.[1]

Skid Row (1987–1996)

Skid Row initially formed in the mid 1980s with lead singer Matt Fallon. They began playing at various New Jersey clubs. Fallon would soon leave the band in 1987, leaving Skid Row without a singer. Bach was spotted singing at rock photographer Mark Weiss's wedding by Jon Bon Jovi's parents who suggested that he try out for their son's friend's (Dave Sabo) band.[2] At the time Bach was wary of joining another USA-based band after his negative experience in his previous band Madam X, but upon hearing Skid Row's demo tapes, Bach flew to New Jersey to audition and the members asked him to join in early 1987.

Sebastian Bach & Rachel Bolan
Rachel Bolan (left) and Sebastian Bach (right) opening for Mötley Crüe in 1989

In 1991, Bach was criticized for performing wearing a T-shirt reading "AIDS Kills Fags Dead". Later he claimed he wore it without reading it first; it had been thrown to him by a fan. Although he made light of the incident in his original apology (stating that he also would've been offended by someone mocking his grandmother's then-recent death with a "Cancer Kills Grandmas Dead" shirt), Bach has since apologized for and disavowed the statement, "That was really stupid and wrong for me to wear that for one half-hour in my life. What nobody brings up is in 2000, when I was in Jekyll & Hyde, and at an auction for Broadway Cares, I donated $12,000 of my own money to fight AIDS."[3]

Following disagreements over musical material, Bach was fired from the band in 1996. However, rumors circulated that he had left the band due to his other band-mates believing they should not play as an opening act for KISS.[4][5] Band-mate Rachel Bolan also had a side project, a punk band Prunella Scales who were playing at the same time as the planned KISS show. The rift between Bach and the other band members subsequently led to his leaving Skid Row.[6][7] Four years later, Skid Row was one of the opening acts for the 2000 Kiss Farewell Tour, without Bach.[8][9]

Broadway and other projects (1996–2006)

In 1996, Bach formed The Last Hard Men, with Frogs guitarist Jimmy Flemion, Breeders lead guitarist Kelley Deal, and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The group recorded a full-length eponymous album for Atlantic Records, who then opted not to release it. In 1998 it was released on Kelley Deal's label, Nice Records, with no fanfare and a very limited pressing of 1,000 CDs. This run may have been sold via mail order only.

In 1999, Bach released his debut solo album Bring 'Em Bach Alive!, his first release after his departure from Skid Row. Mainly a live album of Bach's Skid Row songs, it also presented five new studio recordings, including the single "Superjerk, Superstar, Supertears".

In 2000, Bach began performing in Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut with the title role(s) in Jekyll & Hyde in April 2000. He also appeared as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show in 2001. On November 28, 2001 Bach appeared at New York Steel, a benefit concert held in response to 9/11.

In early 2002, he became the host of VH1's Forever Wild. That October that same year, Bach was signed to perform in the national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the title role alongside JCS veteran Carl Anderson.

A DVD video of live performances called Forever Wild was released in June 2004. That same year, he reprised the title role(s) in another showing of Jekyll and Hyde.[10]

Sometime in 2003, Bach tried out for Velvet Revolver before the band found Scott Weiland, but was turned down because, according to Slash, "We sounded like Skid Roses!" From 2003 to 2007, Bach had a recurring role on the WB television show Gilmore Girls as "Gil", the lead guitarist in Lane Kim's band, Hep Alien. Members of Bach Tight Five (a project initiated by Bach in 2004, but dissolved shortly thereafter) lived with Bach and his family as documented on VH1's I Married ...Sebastian Bach, one of the "I Married ..." series. In 2005, Bach cooperated with Henning Pauly to be the singer on the Frameshift album called An Absence of Empathy, released in April 2005. He was recommended to Henning by Dream Theater's James LaBrie.

On May 12 and May 14, 2006, at the Guns N' Roses' warmup show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Bach joined Axl Rose on stage for the song "My Michelle"..... He joined Rose and the rest for a third time the following night (May 15) to sing "My Michelle" once again. He also joined them for their Pre-Download Festival show in the Apollo Hammersmith, London, singing My Michelle. Rose introduced Bach by saying that the two had rekindled their friendship in the previous week after 13 years of not speaking. On June 4, 9 & 11 he again joined Rose on stage at the 2006 Gods of Metal Festival (Milan), Download Festival in RDS Dublin and in Donington, respectively. On September 23, 2006, he joined Axl on stage once again at KROQ-FM's Inland Invasion festival in California for a rendition of "My Michelle".

SuperGroup and Angel Down (2006–2010)

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Sebastian Bach live at Norway Rock Festival in 2010

Bach starred with Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld, Jason Bonham and Scott Ian on the VH1 show Supergroup in May 2006. The musicians formed a band called Damnocracy for the reality show, during which they lived in a mansion in Las Vegas for twelve days and created music.[11] He announced a partnership record label with EMI to jointly create a label owned by Bach, including his album Angel Down, which was released on November 20, 2007.[12][13] Bach also recorded backing vocals for the track "Sorry" on Guns N' Roses' long-delayed Chinese Democracy, which was released in November 2008.[14] He spent the summer of 2008 playing with Poison and Dokken.[15]

Bach was the winner of the second season of the CMT reality show, Gone Country.[16]

Kicking & Screaming and Sterling's departure (2010–2012)

Bach toured as an opening act for GNR's "Chinese Democracy Tour" 2009–2010, and performed "My Michelle" with Axl Rose in Quebec City on February 1, 2010. On January 5, 2011, he was featured on NBC's Jimmy Fallon Show in a live performance and a subsequent video of "We Are The Ducks", a power ballad written for University of Oregon Ducks, set to play in the BCS national championship game Monday, January 10, 2011. In 2011, Bach was interviewed by British metalcore band Asking Alexandria in the March/April issue of Revolver. The band are fans of Skid Row and covered two of their songs the preceding year of the interview.[17] The same year, Bach performed Youth Gone Wild with the band live at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and Rock on the Range.[18] Bach was also filmed in their music video "Closure".

Bach provided the voice of Prince Triton, King Neptune's rebellious son, in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton" in 2010. On June 15, 2011, Bach revealed the title of his upcoming solo album would be Kicking & Screaming. In July 8, 2011 track list, cover art and title of the first single were revealed. It was released September 27, 2011 for North America and worldwide and September 23, 2011 for Europe on Frontiers Records. On August 13, 2012, Nick Sterling was fired by Bach after refusing to sign an agreement to appear on an undisclosed TV show.[19]

Give 'Em Hell (2013–present)

On April 30, 2013, Bach confirmed via Twitter that a new studio album was in the works. He went on to say that Bob Marlette would be returning as producer.[20] Bach had collaboration work for the upcoming album with John 5, Duff McKagan, and Steve Stevens. On January 13, 2014, Give 'Em Hell was announced with a prospective release date of April 22, 2014.[21] He also appeared in two Trailer Park Boys episodes from their 2014 season. In 2014, Bach completed his Give 'Em Hell tour and in 2015, Bach went on another tour titled the "18 and LIVE" tour.

Personal life

Sebastian Bach was born in The Bahamas and was raised in Peterborough, Ontario.[22] At one time, he lived in Red Bank, New Jersey.[23] In August 2011, his New Jersey home was damaged by Hurricane Irene and declared uninhabitable. Several KISS and Skid Row artifacts (including Skid Row master tapes) were in the house, but none were damaged[24] and his father's art, comic books, and the KISS gargoyles from their 1979 tour were salvaged.[25] Bach began dating Maria Aquinar in the mid 1980s and the couple had a son, Paris, in 1988. Bach and Aquinar married in July 1992 and had another son, London, in 1994 and a daughter, Sebastiana, born in 2007. The couple divorced in September 2010. In December, Bach began dating model Minnie Gupta and the two were engaged in April 2012 but ended things in late 2014. On December 28, 2014, Bach became engaged to Suzanne Le after dating for two months. Bach and Le married in August 2015, and they currently reside in Los Angeles, California.[26][27]

On July 13, 2017, Bach underwent "singing-related" hernia surgery.[28] He started to recover a month later and then explained that the operation was needed, "because [he] literally screamed [his] guts out."[29]

Solo band members

Current

  • Bobby Jarzombek – drums (2005–present)
  • Rob De Luca – bass (2005–2012, 2014–present)
  • Brent Woods – lead and rhythm guitar (2014–present)

Former

  • Johnny Chromatic – rhythm and lead guitar (2004–2014)
  • Nick Sterling – lead and rhythm guitar (2009–2012)
  • "Metal" Mike Chlasciak – guitar (Angel Down 2005–2008)
  • Steve Di Giorgio – bass guitar (Angel Down 2005–2007)
  • Ralph Santolla – guitar (2004–2005)
  • Anton Fig – drums (1998–2000)
  • Richie Scarlet – guitar (1998–2002)
  • Larry Fisher– bass (1997–1999)
  • Jimmy Flemion – guitar (1997–1999)
  • Mark "Bam Bam" McConnell – drums (1997–2005)
  • Randall X. Rawlings – guitar (2004–2005)
  • Adam Albright – guitar (2004–2005)
  • Cheeze (né Brian Hall) – bass (2004–2005)
  • Paul Crook – guitars (1999–2004)
  • Devin Bronson – guitar (2013–2014)
  • Jason Christopher - bass (2012-2014)
  • Jeff George – guitars (2012–2013)
  • Mike Dover – drums (2004)

Discography

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Himself Joking backstage with Slash and Lars Ulrich, imitating MTV host Riki Rachtman, and former guitarist Dave Mustaine during 1992 stadium tour.
1999 Final Rinse Buddy
2000 Point Doom Slim
2010 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Himself
2012 Asking Alexandria: Through Sin and Self-Destruction Himself
2012 Rock of Ages Rocker Cameo
2013 Sebastian Bach: Kicking and Screaming and Touring Himself
2013 Yukon Kornelius Television film
2014 Swearnet: The Movie Himself
2016 Deserted (2016 film) Archer
2017 American Satan Himself (uncredited)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Charles Barkley / Nirvana"
2000 MTV Cribs Himself
2001 Strange Frequency Grim Reaper Episode: "Don't Fear the Reaper"
2002 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself
2003–2007 Gilmore Girls Gil 13 episodes
2004 Kiss Loves You Himself
2006 Supergroup Himself 7 episodes
2007 Trailer Park Boys Himself 2 episodes
2007 Celebrity Rap Superstar Himself
2008 Robot Chicken Wildman
Martian Manhunter
Voice
Episode: "They Took My Thumbs"
2008 Z Rock Himself Episode: "Paul and David Nearly Miss a Huge Gig"
2008–09 Gone Country Himself 8 episodes
2010 Celebrity Fit Club Himself 5 episodes
2010 SpongeBob SquarePants Triton Voice
2 episodes
2011 Adults Only Shifty
2012 The Eric André New Year's Eve Spooktacular Himself
2013 Californication Tony (Dead Rock Star) Episode: "Dead Rock Stars"
2014 Trailer Park Boys Himself 2 episodes
2014 Sing Your Face Off Himself 6 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Gil 1 episode
2016 "Trailer Park Boys: Out Of The Park - Europe" Himself 1 Episode
2017 "Trailer Park Boys: Out Of The Park - US" Himself 1 Episode

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Jekyll & Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
2001 The Rocky Horror Show Riff Raff
2002–2003 Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus of Nazareth
2004 Jekyll & Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

References

  1. ^ Kid Wikkid’s Biography, Last.fm; accessed October 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Sebastian Bach profile, GossipRocks.com; accessed October 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Manes, Billy (2003-01-09). "Columns Story – Rockin' out with Jesus". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  4. ^ "Sebastian Bach on his split from Skid Row".
  5. ^ http://bravewords.com/news/sebastian-bach-on-his-split-from-skid-row-i-was-100-fired-from-the-band. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Stevens, Michael (30 December 2014). "Skid Row Sebastian Bach Engaged: Former Model Engaged To Bach On Birthday". NewsOXY. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  7. ^ Schwinden, Richard (15 June 2013). "SKID ROW 1986-1998". Roseville Patch. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Skid Row/Ted Nugent/ KISS - Jones Beach June 9th 2000". KISS Asylum. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Skid Row". High Tide Concerts. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Sebastian Bach/Kate Shindle Make October Return to Jekyll & Hyde in North Carolina". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  11. ^ "SEBASTIAN BACH Says DAMNOCRACY Ended Up With 'More Ideas Than We Had Time To Record'". Blabbermouth. 13 March 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  12. ^ "SEBASTIAN BACH Inks 'New-Model' Record Deal with MEROVINGIAN MUSIC". Blabbermouth. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Sebastian Bach - Angel Down". Last FM. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Chinese Democracy". Guns'n'Roses. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Poison "Live, Raw & Uncut Tour" with Dokken & Sebastian Bach". Metal Sludge. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Cast Announced for Season Two of ''Gone Country''". CMT. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  17. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (2011). Rebel Meets Rebels" Danny Worsnop and Ben Bruce interview Sebastian Bach. Revolver. pp. 48–52. ISSN 1527-408X.
  18. ^ "SEBASTIAN BACH Performs With ASKING ALEXANDRIA At ROCK ON THE RANGE (Video)". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Sebastian Bach Fires Young Guitarist". Ultimate-Guitar.
  20. ^ Twitter/sebastianbach: NEW STUDIO ALBUM UPDATE
  21. ^ "SEBASTIAN BACH: New Solo Album Title Revealed". BlabberMouth.
  22. ^ "Rex Brown & Sebastian Bach". VH1.
  23. ^ "KISS PUCKERS UP FOR THE '90S: THE GHOULISH POP-METAL BAND IS BACK, WOWING THREE GENERATIONS AT ONCE", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 1996; accessed March 5, 2011. "But Sebastian Bach, the lead singer of Skid Row, is jumping around the backstage area of Tiger Stadium as if his heroes were in full swing. Bach has driven all the way from his home in Red Bank, N.J., and is clearly stoked for the return of one of the most flamboyant acts in rock."
  24. ^ "Sebastian Bach Wikipedia Fact or Fiction June 1, 2016". Loudwire.com. 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  25. ^ Needles, Tim. "Sebastian Bach talks Life after Skid Row, his new album Kicking & Screaming, and much more". Short and Sweet NYC. Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  26. ^ Hyman, Vicki (2016-01-21). "Skid Row's Sebastian Bach sells Lincroft home, says Jersey 'haunted' for him now". NJ.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  27. ^ "Sebastian Bach Finally Sells Former New Jersey Home". bravewords.com. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  28. ^ "SEBASTIAN BACH To Undergo 'Singing-Related' Surgery". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  29. ^ "SEBASTIAN BACH Is 'Starting To Feel Normal Again' After Undergoing Hernia Operation". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 7 August 2017.

External links

Cantata, BWV 248a

BWV 248a is a lost cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1734 or before.

Only one of Bach's cantatas was printed in his lifetime and many have gone missing. In the case of some of Bach's missing scores, we still have the text, but in the case of BWV 248a the text is now lost. Little therefore can be said about the work, even its title is unsure.Its existence can be deduced as some of the music was borrowed for the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (written for the Christmas season of 1734). The section in question of the Christmas Oratorio (that for the Feast of the Epiphany) has festive scoring with trumpets and timpani.

Some sources describe BWV 248a as a lost church cantata (which would fit with other known parody sources for the oratorio), but there has been speculation that Bach may have written the work to honour a Saxon royal, possibly to welcome the new elector to Leipzig.

Entfliehet, verschwindet, entweichet, ihr Sorgen, BWV 249a

Entfliehet, verschwindet, entweichet, ihr Sorgen (Fly, vanish, flee, o worries), BWV 249a, is a secular cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. First performed in 1725, the work is also known as "Shepherd Cantata" or "Shepherds' Cantata" (German: Schäferkantate). Bach reworked the music in his Easter Oratorio.

Erwählte Pleißenstadt, BWV 216a

Erwählte Pleißenstadt ("O chosen Leipzig", literally: "Chosen city on the [river] Pleiße"), BWV 216.2 (formerly BWV 216a), is a secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.It was a homage cantata for the Leipzig town council and was first performed in 1728 or later. The text, which is possibly by Picander, survives. The music is lost, but there is scope for its partial reconstruction.

The work is known to have been a parody of Vergnügte Pleißenstadt, BWV 216.1, a wedding cantata with text by Picander which was performed in 1728. The wedding cantata survives in fragmentary form.

The harpsichordist Alexander Grychtolik reconstructed Erwählte Pleißenstadt from the draft libretto and fragments of notation rediscovered in 2003 among the posthumous papers of a Japanese pianist. A recording was issued on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in 2017.

Evangelist (Bach)

The Evangelist in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is the tenor part in his oratorios and Passions who narrates the exact words of the Bible, translated by Martin Luther, in recitative secco. The part appears in the works St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, and the Christmas Oratorio, as well as the St Mark Passion and the Ascension Oratorio Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11. Some cantatas also contain recitatives of Bible quotations, assigned to the tenor voice.

Bach followed a tradition using the tenor for the narrator of a gospel. It exists (and is also often called the Evangelist) in earlier works setting biblical narration, for example by Heinrich Schütz (Weinachtshistorie, Matthäuspassion, Lukaspassion, Johannespassion).

In contrast, the vox Christi, voice of Christ, is always the bass in Bach's works, including several cantatas.

Fugue in G minor, BWV 131a

The Fugue in G minor, BWV 131a, is a piece of organ music attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach.

It is a transcription of the last movement of his cantata Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131.

The cantata is definitely by Bach, while the arrangement for organ is regarded by some authorities (from Spitta onwards) as spurious.

The cantata dates from 1707 or 1708, which almost certainly provides a terminus ante quem for the organ arrangement.The key of G minor, sometimes associated with sadness, is used extensively in the cantata, which sets one of the penitential psalms. In the cantata the fugue (a permutation fugue) is sung by the choir.

The score of the cantata does not feature an organ part as such, but the basso continuo (for which a figured bass is provided) may well have been played on the organ.

Gott, gib dein Gerichte dem Könige, BWV Anh. 3

Gott, gib dein Gerichte dem Könige (God, give now thy judgement unto the King), BWV 1140 (formerly BWV Anh. 3), is a lost church cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach composed the work in Leipzig in 1730 for a civic occasion, the Ratswechsel (the inauguration of a new town council).Five of the cantatas for the Ratswechsel which Bach wrote in Leipzig have survived. The event was usually held annually in St. Nicholas Church. As it was a festive occasion, Bach would presumably have included trumpets in the orchestra for this lost cantata.

International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition

The International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition) is a music competition in Leipzig, Germany, held by the Bach-Archiv Leipzig. It was founded in 1950 and was held every four years from 1964 to 1996 with five subjects and is now held every two years with three changing subjects. From 1965 the competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Art of Fugue, the Brandenburg Concertos, and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.The Bach family already counted several composers when Johann Sebastian was born as the last child of a city musician in Eisenach. After becoming an orphan at age 10, he lived for five years with his eldest brother Johann Christoph Bach, after which he continued his musical development in Lüneburg. From 1703 he was back in Thuringia, working as a musician for Protestant churches in Arnstadt and Mühlhausen and, for longer stretches of time, at courts in Weimar—where he expanded his repertoire for the organ—and Köthen—where he was mostly engaged with chamber music. From 1723 he was employed as Thomaskantor (cantor at St. Thomas) in Leipzig. He composed music for the principal Lutheran churches of the city, and for its university's student ensemble Collegium Musicum. From 1726 he published some of his keyboard and organ music. In Leipzig, as had happened in some of his earlier positions, he had a difficult relation with his employer, a situation that was little remedied when he was granted the title of court composer by King Augustus III of Poland in 1736. In the last decades of his life he reworked and extended many of his earlier compositions. He died of complications after eye surgery in 1750 at the age of 65.

Bach enriched established German styles through his mastery of counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and his adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include hundreds of cantatas, both sacred and secular. He composed Latin church music, Passions, oratorios, and motets. He often adopted Lutheran hymns, not only in his larger vocal works, but for instance also in his four-part chorales and his sacred songs. He wrote extensively for organ and for other keyboard instruments. He composed concertos, for instance for violin and for harpsichord, and suites, as chamber music as well as for orchestra. Many of his works employ the genres of canon and fugue.

Throughout the 18th century Bach was mostly renowned as an organist, while his keyboard music, such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, was appreciated for its didactic qualities. The 19th century saw the publication of some major Bach biographies, and by the end of that century all of his known music had been printed. Dissemination of scholarship on the composer continued through periodicals and websites exclusively devoted to him, and other publications such as the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV, a numbered catalogue of his works) and new critical editions of his compositions. His music was further popularised through a multitude of arrangements, including for instance the Air on the G String, and of recordings, for instance three different box sets with complete performances of the composer's works marking the 250th anniversary of his death.

List of Bach cantatas

This is a sortable list of the Bach cantatas, the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach's almost 200 extant cantatas are among his important vocal compositions.

The list includes both extant cantatas and, as far as known, lost cantatas. It is sortable by the cantata number which equals the number in the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV), by title, by occasion during the liturgical year, the year of composition and date of first performance, as far as known. The scoring is provided, grouped by singers and groups of instruments. Colouring shows which cantatas are not extant church cantatas and which works were not even composed by Bach, but attributed to him in the past. A link to the free score of the Bach Gesellschaft in the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is provided if available.

List of fugal works by Johann Sebastian Bach

This page lists the fugal works of Johann Sebastian Bach, defined here as the fugues, fughettas, and canons, as well as other works containing fugal expositions but not denoted as fugues, such as some choral sections of the Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, and the cantatas.

This sub-list of the complete list of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach is intended to facilitate the study of Bach's counterpoint techniques. Each work cited in this list will be annotated with the fugal subject(s) and any countersubjects in musical notation.

List of masses, passions and oratorios by Johann Sebastian Bach

Masses, Passions, Oratorios is the subject of the second series of the Neue Bach-Ausgabe (NBA, New Bach Edition), a publication of Johann Sebastian Bach's music from 1954 to 2007. In the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV, catalogue of Bach's compositions) masses, passions and oratorios refers to two chapters:

Chapter 3: Messen, Messensätze, Magnificat (Masses, Mass movements, Magnificat), original range: BWV 232–243

Chapter 4: Passionen, Oratorien (Passions, Oratorios), original range: BWV 244–249In the BWV, as in Series II of the NBA, the group thus also includes Bach's Magnificat and separate mass movements.

Further the second series of the NBA and/or the 1998 updated edition of the BWV (BWV2a) group some new additions to the BWV catalogue with the masses, passions and oratorios (e.g. Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, Bach's adaptation of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater), and regroup some compositions that were formerly associated with other genres in the masses, passions and oratorios group (e.g. BWV 11, published as a cantata in the 19th century, added to the group as an oratorio).

Also various items in the BWV Anhang (BWV Anh., appendix to the BWV), or even unmentioned in the BWV (BWV deest, lacking a BWV number) are associated with this group, for instance the motet Der Gerechte kömmt um, BC

C 8, arranged, probably by Bach, from the Tristis est anima mea motet attributed to Johann Kuhnau. Such compositions or movements usually have a Bach Digital Work (BDW) page at the www.bach-digital.de website.

List of motets by Johann Sebastian Bach

It is uncertain how many motets Johann Sebastian Bach composed, because some have been lost, and there are some doubtful attributions among the surviving ones associated with him. There are six authenticated motets catalogued BWV 225–230. BWV 228 appears to have been written at Weimar, between 1708 and 1717, and the other five in Leipzig, between 1723 and 1727. A seventh motet, Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh. 159, which was formerly attributed to Bach's older cousin Johann Christoph Bach, appears to be one of Bach's earlier works, possibly composed during the Weimar period.

Several of the motets were written for funerals. There is some uncertainty as to the extent that motets would have been called for in normal church services - there is evidence that it was considered an archaic form. The text of Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, BWV Anh. 160 (whether or not the piece is attributable to Bach) suggests a performance at Christmas. Another possible use is the suggestion of the scholar Christoph Wolff that some of the choral writing in the motets for example Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, would have been useful for training Bach's young singers.Bach's motets are his only vocal works that kept repertoire without interruption between his death in 1750 and the 19th-century Bach Revival. In the early 19th century six motets (BWV 225, 228, Anh. 159, 229, 227, 226) were among Bach's first printed music, after the second half of the 18th century when the only vocal music by Bach that was printed were collections of his four-part chorales.

Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69

Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Praise the Lord, my soul), BWV 69, also BWV 69.2, is a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Lobet den Herrn, alle seine Heerscharen, BWV Anh. 5

Lobet den Herrn, alle seine Heerscharen (Praise ye the Lord, all ye of his great armies), BWV 1147, BWV Anh. 5, is a church cantata text by Christian Friedrich Hunold which was performed, most likely in a setting by Johann Sebastian Bach, for the twenty-fourth birthday of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen on 10 December 1718. The composition is lost, but its libretto survives in a 1719 print.

New Bach Edition

The New Bach Edition (NBE), in German Neue Bach-Ausgabe (NBA), is the second complete edition of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, published by Bärenreiter. The name is short for Johann Sebastian Bach: New Edition of the Complete Works (Johann Sebastian Bach: Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke). It is a historical-critical edition (German: historisch-kritische Ausgabe) of Bach's complete works by the Johann Sebastian Bach Institute (Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Institut) in Göttingen and the Bach Archive (Bach-Archiv) in Leipzig,

When Bach died most of his work was unpublished. The first complete edition of Bach's music was published in the second half of the nineteenth century by the Bach Gesellschaft (Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, BGA). The second complete edition includes some discoveries made since 1900, but there are relatively few such scores. The significance of the NBE lies more in its incorporation of the latest scholarship. Although the NBE is an urtext edition rather than a facsimile edition, it includes many facsimiles of Bach manuscripts.

Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045

Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045, specifically known as, Violin Concerto movement BWV 1045, is an orchestral work for solo violin, three trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and Continuo by Johann Sebastian Bach. A late work composed in Leipzig between c. 1742 and 1746, surviving only as a fragment, the Concerto is often considered a sinfonia of a lost cantata.

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190a

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing a new song to the Lord), BWV 90.2, BWV 190a, is a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. The work was written in 1730 in commemoration of the Augsburg Confession.

Vergnügte Pleißenstadt, BWV 216

Vergnügte Pleißenstadt (Contented Pleisse-town), BWV 216.1 (formerly BWV 216), is a secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, which survives in an incomplete state.

Verjaget, zerstreuet, zerrüttet, ihr Sterne, BWV 249b

Verjaget, zerstreuet, zerrüttet, ihr Sterne (Dispel them, disperse them, you heavens), BWV 249b, is a lost cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was a birthday cantata composed for Joachim Friederich von Flemming, governor of Leipzig, and was first performed in Leipzig on 25 August 1726. The cantata text was written by Picander.Count Flemming is also associated with a later Bach cantata O angenehme Melodei, BWV 210a.

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