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The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and his other vocal works and many of his instrumental works. The BCW contains for most works: detailed discographies, discussions, texts and translations, scores, commentaries, references, music examples... Performers of Bach’s works: their biographies, Bach discographies... Poets & composers associated with Bach: their biographies, Bach connection... Other resources: the Lutheran church year, chorale texts & melodies, books and movies on Bach, concerts, Bach festivals, guide to Bach tour... The BCW is an international collective project.
The boxes below describe the main sections of the BCW, including recent additions/updates.
Works for Discussion
The works are discussed in the BCML on a weekly basis.
Order of Discussion 2015:
Jun 28: Cantata BWV 185
= Cantata BWV 24
Jul 5: Cantata BWV 167
Jul 12: Cantata BWV 147
Jul 19: Cantata BWV 186
Jul 26: Cantata BWV 136
Aug 2: Cantata BWV 105
Aug 9: Cantata BWV 46
Aug 16: Cantata BWV 69a
Aug 23: Cantata BWV 179
=: Cantata BWV 119
Aug 30: Cantata BWV 77
Sep 6: Cantata BWV 25
Karl Richer - Bach Cantatas Vol. 5 Discographies of all Bach Cantatas and discussions of each work. Recent: Discographies: BWV 185 | BWV 21 | BWV 76 | BWV 75 | BWV 129 | BWV 68 | Discussions: BWV 185 | BWV 21 | BWV 76 | BWV 75 | BWV 129 | BWV 97
St Matthew Passion Discographies of Bach's other vocal works and discussions of them. Recent: Discographies: Oster-Oratorium BWV 249 | Johannes-Passion BWV 245 | Aria BWV 1127 | Discussions: Mass in G major BWV 236
Goldberg Variations Discographies of Bach's works for solo keyboard, lute..., discussions, reviews. Recent: Discographies: Variations & Capriccios BWV 989-994 | Goldberg Variations BWV 988 | Solo Keyboard Concertos BWV 972-987 | Italian Concerto BWV 971
Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach's works & Bach-inspired works. Recent: Works: W.A. Mozart | G. Faure | L.v. Beethoven | R.schumann | Discographies: Walton: Wise Virgins
Jordi Savall Bach discographies of performers of vocal works and discussions of them. Recent: Discographies: Alan Gilbert | James Bagwell | Jordi Savall | Marcel Ponseele | Raphaël Pichon
Erich Kunzel Bach Discographies of performers of instrumental works and discussions of them. Recent: Discographies: Richard Burgin | Erich Kunzel | Leonid Kogan | Nina Kotova | Lorenzo Ghielmi
OVPP Discussions of general topics relating to Bach & his music. Recent: Dialogue Cantatas | Chorales in Bach's Vocal Works | About the BCW 2014 | BCML 2013 | Liturgical Service
Gerorg Philipp Telemann Doubtful/spurious works; works of other composers performed by Bach, arranged by Bach, in Bach's library; Bach Family, Thomaskantors, Bach Pupils. Recent: Bach's Pupils | Thomaskantors
Bach & friends Filmography of Bach Movies and discussions of them: movies about Bach's life, documentaries about Bach & his works, movies with Bach's music in the soundtrack... Recent: The Cantor of St Thomas's
Martin Luther Explanation; Events and corresponding Bach's works; LCY in the Lifetime of Bach; LCY 2000-2015; Epistles/Gospels Readings; Motets & Chorales for the LCY. Recent: Trinity | Pentecost | Christmas | Turning Time
Texts & translations of all Bach Cantatas & his other vocal works (4,749). Recent: Hungarian: BWV 4 | Romanian: BWV 56, 82 | Spanish: BWV 439-469 | Revised Catalan: BWV 101-200 | Dutch: complete Sacred Cantatas BWV 1-199
Scores (Sheet Music) of all Bach’s vocal works in both the first Bach edition (BGA) and Vocal & Piano edition as well as in Capella format...
Commentaries on Bach Cantatas & other vocal works, including links to commentaries in other websites. Recent: Revised French commentaries on Cantatas - Completed: [Role]
The important resources for the documentation of evidence on which musical scores of Bach’s works are based. Provenance pages of the scores/sets of parts upon which reproductions of modern performance materials are based.
used in Bach’s vocal works, including translations into English.
used in Bach’s vocal works. For each: the origin and history, instances in Bach’s works and settings by other composers.
50 places are associated with Bach. Each place: description and history, Bach connection, features of interest, photos, Maps... Recent: Videos of Bach Places | Köthen | Weimar | Stöntzsch
Bach Festivals & Series around the world. For each: location, dates, history & mission, posters... Recent: Bach in Plön | Festivalul Internaţional J.S. Bach | Festival Bachovej hudby Bach Tribute | Festival Bach du Schauenberg
World-wide schedule of concerts of Bach's vocal works, arranged by year/country. Major Bach events around the world: festivals, conferences...
Schedule of Concerts: 2014 | Recent: Major Bach Events 2015
Biography, photos and Bach discography of performers who have recorded Bach's vocal works, solo keyboard works and lute works (9,159). Recent: James Burton | Edward Caswell | Dublin Bach Singers | Michael McCarthy | Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Biographies of poets & composers associated with Bach: hymn-writers, librettists, composers of chorale melodies, arrangers of Bach works, musicians from Bach Family, composers whose works Bach performed... (1,388) Recent: W.A. Mozart | G. Faure | R. Schumann
Bach appears on numerous items, musical and non-musical alike: Bach-inspired art works and items with Bach image/name. Recent: Ohrdruf Bach Monument 2 | Ohrdruf Bach Monument 1 | Klankkleuren van Passie | Bach on Stamps
The Face of Bach New: Website devoted to the portraits of J.S. Bach, and to the fair and accurate analysis of the various images that purport to be accurate depictions of the facial features of J.S Bach. (Teri Noel Towe)
New: Critical Discographies of 3 major sacred works of J.S. Bach; Present day misconceptions about Bach Performance Practice in the 19th century; Rebuilding the Frauenkirche in Dresden; J.S. Bach's handwriting; Organ Player's Part to BWV 7... (Teri Noel Towe)
Technical & Musical Terms & Abbreviations, used by various contributors across the the BCW.
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Aug 2013: Vocal | Instrumental
Sep 2013: Vocal | Instrumental
Oct 2013: Vocal | Instrumental
Nov 2013: Vocal | Instrumental
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