W.F. Bach Clavier Book : Work information

Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Joseph Payne (Keyboard)

This work

Work name
W.F. Bach Clavier Book
Work number
n/a
Key
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Genre
A
Composed
1720-01-01 02:01:00

This recording

Label
Hänssler
Producer
Phoebe Payne
Engineer
Thomas Stephenson
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

  • Applicatio BWV 994 1:14 min
  • Preambulum 1 BWV 924 1:00 min
  • Chorale Prelude 'Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten' BWV 691 1:33 min
  • Prelude 2 0:59 min
  • Chorale Prelude 'Jesu meine Freude' BWV 753 1:54 min
  • Allemande 1 2:53 min
  • Allemande 2 1:35 min
  • Preambulum in F BWV 927 0:47 min
  • Preambulum in G minor BWV 930 1:59 min
  • Praeludium in F BWV 928 1:23 min
  • Menuet 1 BWV 841 1:24 min
  • Menuet 2 BWV 842 0:58 min
  • Menuet 3 BWV 843 2:07 min
  • Praeludium 1 BWV 846 1:45 min
  • Praeludium 2 BWV 847 1:32 min
  • Praeludium 3 BWV 851 1:03 min
  • Praeludium 4 BWV 850 1:12 min
  • Praeludium 5 BWV 855a 1:38 min
  • Praeludium 6 BWV 854 1:33 min
  • Praeludium 7 BWV 856 1:17 min
  • Praeludium 8 BWV 848 1:54 min
  • Praeludium 9 BWV 849 2:16 min
  • Praeludium 10 BWV 853 2:51 min
  • Praeludium 11 BWV 857 1:45 min
  • Pièce pour Clavecin: Allemande - Courante BWV deest 4:48 min
  • Prelude in C BWV 924a 1:00 min
  • Prelude in D BWV 925 1:19 min
  • Prelude in E BWV 932 1:38 min
  • Prelude BWV 931 0:56 min
  • Baß-Skizze in G minor BWV deest 0:45 min
  • Fugue a3 BWV 953 1:49 min
  • Preambulum 1 a2 BWV 772 1:31 min
  • Preambulum 2 BWV 775 1:18 min
  • Preambulum 3 BWV 778 1:45 min
  • Preambulum 4 BWV 779 1:08 min
  • Preambulum 5 BWV 781 1:12 min
  • Preambulum 6 BWV 784 1:24 min
  • Preambulum 7 BWV 786 1:36 min
  • Preambulum 8 BWV 785 1:31 min
  • Preambulum 9 BWV 783 1:38 min
  • Preambulum 10 BWV 782 1:39 min
  • Preambulum 11 BWV 780 1:50 min
  • Preambulum 12 BWV 777 3:58 min
  • Preambulum 13 BWV 776 1:58 min
  • Preambulum 14 BWV 774 1:47 min
  • Preambulum 15 BWV 773 2:22 min
  • Suite in A: Allemande - Courante - Gigue BWV 824 8:54 min
  • Partia di Signore Stelzeln: Ouverture - Air Italien - Bourrée - Menuet - Menuet - Trio BWV 929 11:39 min
  • Fantasia 1 a3 BWV 787 1:20 min
  • Fantasia 2 BWV 790 1:48 min
  • Fantasia 3 BWV 793 1:47 min
  • Fantasia 4 BWV 794 1:21 min
  • Fantasia 5 BWV 796 1:34 min
  • Fantasia 6 BWV 799 1:34 min
  • Fantasia 7 BWV 801 1:34 min
  • Fantasia 8 BWV 800 2:05 min
  • Fantasia 9 BWV 798 1:40 min
  • Fantasia 10 BWV 797 1:29 min
  • Fantasia 11 BWV 795 2:57 min
  • Fantasia 12 BWV 792 1:34 min
  • Fantasia 13 BWV 791 1:16 min
  • Fantasia 14 BWV 789 1:28 min
  • Fantasia 15 BWV 788 2:30 min