Bach Family Archive

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Johann Sebastian Bach was born into a family with an impressive musical lineage, of which he was extremely proud. This week on The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle journeys through the music of the great Johann Sebastian and his most celebrated predecessors.

The show opens with J.S. Bach's Komm, Jesu, komm for double choir. During Bach's time as a church musician and resident composer, he produced a vast number of sacred works for chorus. The young Johann Sebastian revered and spent time with Dieterich Buxtehude, one of the preeminent composers and church organists of the Baroque. Rumor has it that Buxtehude offered his position at the Marienkirche in Lübeck to Bach, but there was a stipulation: that Bach must marry Buxtehude's daughter.
Despite not going through with the offer, Bach learned much from Buxtehude and his influence is apparent in Bach's writing. We hear the music of Buxtehude including his Jesu, meines lebens lebenat and Missa Brevis. Bach's great uncle, Johann Michael Bach, and his cousin Johann Christoph (whom J.S. deemed as a profound composer), were also composers of choral and organ music. Their works are performed this week by The Choir of Clare College in Cambridge under Timothy Brown.
Also on this Bach family tribute, music of Bach's second cousin, Johann Ludwig, and more works by Johann Sebastian.

Playlist (in alphabetical order by composer):

Johann Bach
Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Timothy Brown

Johann Christoph Bach
Fürchte dich nicht
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Timothy Brown

Johann Ludwig Bach
Das ist meine Freude
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Richard Marlow

Johann Michael Bach
Halt, was du hast
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Richard Marlow

J.S. Bach
Komm, Jesu, komm
Choir of St Ignatius
Kent Tritle

J.S. Bach
Jesu, meine Freude
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Missa Brevis, Kyrie and Gloria
Herren Var Gud
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier

Jesu, meines lebens leben
Orchestra Anima Eterna and Collegium Vocale
Jos van Immerseel