Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach : Work information

Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Michael Behringer (Harpsichord)

This work

Work name
Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Work number
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Genre
A
Composed
1725-01-01 02:01:00

This recording

Label
Hänssler
Producer
Stefan Weinzierl
Engineer
Stefan Weinzierl
Recording date
1999-01-01 02:00:00

The Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach

One of the greatest composers in history, Johann Sebastian Bach (father of C.P.E, J. C. and W. F. Bach) was by far the most significant member of the Bach dynasty of musicians.

He outshone his forebears and contemporaries, but did not always receive the respect he deserved in his own lifetime. After a brief engagement as a violinist in the court of Weimar, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt. In June 1707 he moved to St. Blasius, Mühlhausen, and married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach. In 1708 he was appointed court organist in Weimar where he composed most of his works for organ. In 1717, he was appointed Court Kapellmeister to the young Prince Leopold at Cöthen, but was refused permission to leave Weimar. The Duke only allowed Bach to go after holding him prisoner for nearly a month.

While at Weimar, Bach wrote his violin concertos and the six Brandenburg Concertos, as well as several suites, sonatas and keyboard works, including several, such as the Inventions and Book I of the 48 Preludes and Fugues (The Well-tempered Clavier). In 1720 Maria Barbara died, and the next year Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcke. Bach resigned the post in Weimar in 1723 to become cantor at St. Thomas’ School in Leipzig where he was responsible for music in the four main churches of the city. Here he wrote the Magnificat and the St. John and St. Matthew Passions, as well as a large quantity of other church music. In Leipzig he eventually took charge of the University “Collegium Musicum” and occupied himself with the collection and publication of many of his earlier compositions.

Over the years that followed, Bach’s interest in composing church music declined somewhat, and he took to writing more keyboard music and cantatas. As his eyesight began to fail, he underwent operations to try and correct the problem, and these may have weakened him in his old age. He died at age 65, having fathered a total of 20 children with his two wives. Despite widespread neglect for almost a century after his death, Bach is now regarded as one of the greatest of all composers and is still an inexhaustible source of inspiration for musicians. Bach’s compositions are catalogued by means of the prefix BWV (Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis) and a numbering system which is generally accepted for convenience of reference.

Related Composers: Pachelbel, Telemann, Handel, Couperin

Also influenced: Mendelssohn, Brahms, Stravinsky, Hindemith 

Track listing

  • No. 1/1: Prelude BWV 827/1 3:10 min
  • No. 1/2: Allemande BWV 827/2 3:43 min
  • No. 1/3: Corrente BWV 827/3 2:43 min
  • No. 1/4: Sarabande BWV 827/4 5:03 min
  • No. 1/5: Menuet BWV 827/5 1:52 min
  • No. 1/6: Gique BWV 827/7 4:38 min
  • No. 2/1: Prelude BWV 830/1 6:14 min
  • No. 2/2: Allemande BWV 830/2 4:10 min
  • No. 2/3: Corrente BWV 830/3 4:05 min
  • No. 2/4: Sarabande BWV 830/5 8:07 min
  • No. 2/5: Tempo di Gavotta BWV 830/6 2:04 min
  • No. 2/6: Gique BWV 830/7 5:44 min
  • No. 3: Menuet in F, BWV Anh. 113 1:22 min
  • No. 4: Menuet in G, BWV Anh. 114 1:20 min
  • No. 5: Menuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115 2:08 min
  • No. 6: Rondeau in B flat, BWV Anh. 183 4:29 min
  • No. 7: Menuet in G, BWV Anh. 116 1:38 min
  • No. 8a: Polonaise in F, BWV 117a 1:10 min
  • No. 9: Menuet in B flat, BWV Anh. 118 1:08 min
  • No. 10: Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119 0:53 min
  • No. 11: Chorale Prelude 'Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten' BWV 691 2:13 min
  • No. 12: Chorale Prelude 'Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille' BWV 510 1:08 min
  • No. 13a: Chorale 'Gib dich zufreiden und sei stille' BWV 511 1:04 min
  • No. 14: Menuet in A minor BWV Anh. 120 1:16 min
  • No. 15: Menuet in C minor BWV Anh. 121 1:10 min
  • No. 16: March in D, BWV Anh. 122 0:52 min
  • No. 17: Polonaise in G minor BWV Anh. 123 1:02 min
  • No. 18: March in G, BWV Anh. 124 1:00 min
  • No. 19: Polonaise in G minor BWV Anh. 125 1:34 min
  • No. 20a: Aria 'Sooft ich meine Tobackspfiefe' BWV 515 0:48 min
  • No. 20b: Aria 'Sooft ich meine Tobackspfiefe' BWV 515a 2:24 min
  • No. 21: Menuet in G BWV deest 1:23 min
  • No. 22: Musette in D, BWV Anh. 126 0:39 min
  • No. 23: March in E flat BWV Anh. 127 1:25 min
  • No. 24: Polonaise in D minor BWV Anh. 128 1:12 min
  • No. 25: 'Bist Du Bei Mir' BWV 508 2:19 min
  • No. 26: Aria in G, BWV 988/1 5:35 min
  • No. 27: Solo per il cembalo, Allegro BWV Anh. 129 2:55 min
  • No. 28: Polonaise in G, BWV Anh. 130 1:45 min
  • No. 29: Prelude in C BWV 846/1 2:20 min
  • No. 30/1: Allemande BWV 812/1 4:58 min
  • No. 30/2: Courante BWV 812/2 1:53 min
  • No. 30/3: Sarabande BWV 812/3 3:39 min
  • No. 30/4: Menuet I BWV 812/4 1:10 min
  • No. 30/5: Menuet II BWV 812/5 1:20 min
  • No. 30/6: Gique BWV 812/6 3:35 min
  • No. 31/1: Allemande BWV 813/1 3:15 min
  • No. 31/2: Courante BWV 813/2 1:58 min
  • No. 31/3: Sarabande BWV 813/3 4:04 min
  • No. 32: Piece in F, BWV Anh. 131 0:42 min
  • No. 33: Aria 'Warum betrüst du dich' BWV 516 1:28 min
  • No. 34: Recit 'Ich habe genug' BWV 82/2 1:08 min
  • No. 35: Chorale 'Schaffs mit mir, Gott' BWV 514 0:58 min
  • No. 36: Menuet in D minor BWV Anh. 132 0:58 min
  • No. 37: Aria di Giovannini \'Willst du dein Herz mir schenken\' BWV 518 2:24 min
  • No. 38: Aria \'Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen\' BWV 82/3 6:46 min
  • No. 39a: Chorale \'Dir, dir, Jehova will ich singen\' BWV 299 0:55 min
  • No. 39b: Chorale Prelude \'Dir, dir, Jehova will ich singen\' BWV 299 2:18 min
  • No. 40: Aria \'Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seelen\' BWV 517 1:28 min
  • No. 41: Aria \'Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke\' BWV 509 1:16 min
  • No. 42: Chorale \'O Ewigkeit, do Donnerwort\' BWV 513 1:20 min