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JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH  

(1735 - 1782)

The youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach by his second wife, Johann Christian Bach was born in Leipzig in 1735 and on the death of his father in 1750 moved to Berlin to live with his brother CPE Bach. He later travelled to Italy, where he studied with the famous Padre Martini, became a Catholic, and was employed for a short time as organist at Milan Cathedral. In 1762 he moved to London as a composer of Italian opera, like Handel 50 years before him, and enjoyed a considerable reputation there for a number of years, establishing a series of subscription concerts with his colleague Abel. His fame extended both to Mannheim and to Paris, but by the time of his death his popularity in London had waned. His influence on the young Mozart was considerable, and they met both in London and in Paris. He is sometimes known as ‘the London Bach’.

Orchestral Music

Johann Christian Bach wrote a number of orchestral works, some for the concerts that he organised in the Hanover Square Rooms in London. These compositions included Six Grand Overtures, Op 18 and Six Harpsichord Concertos, Op 7.

Keyboard Music

Although at one time distinguished as a keyboard player, in London JC Bach claimed to have lost something of his earlier ability. He published, however, a relatively small number of keyboard sonatas, to be played on either the harpsichord or the newly developing fortepiano (and so advertised).

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Art and Music: Turner - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558116
Orchestral
BACH FAMILY (MUSIC OF THE) Capriccio
C51117
Orchestral
BACH FAMILY (Sacred Music) Capriccio
C49432
Choral - Sacred
BACH FAMILY (Sacred Music) Capriccio
C7100
Choral - Sacred
BACH SONS (THE) – BACH, J.C.F. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. (Music of the Bach Sons) (Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C10283
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. / BACH, J.S.: Keyboard Concertos (Injushina, Hamburger Camerata, Gothoni) Ondine
ODE1224-2
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: C.P.E. Bach Edition (Symphonies, Concertos, Keyboard Music, Flute Sonatas, Vocal Music) Capriccio
C49367
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Double Concerto, Wq. 46 / Flute Concerto, Wq. 166 / Sinfonias, Wq. 183/1, 4 (Lubimov, Martynov, Czasch, Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta, Huss) BIS
BIS-2098
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Concerto, Wq. 14 / BACH, W.F.: Harpsichord Concerto, Fk. 41 / BACH, J.C.: Harpsichord Concerto, W. C73 (Schornsheim) Capriccio
C10580
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Magnificat / BACH, J.C.: Tantum ergo (Schneider) Capriccio
C67003
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: Oboe Concertos / BACH, J.C.: Oboe Concerto in F Major (Glaetzner, Pommer) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix449
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Sinfonia, Wq. 179 / BACH, J.S.: Suite (Overture) No. 5 / BACH, J.C.F.: Sinfonia, W. 1/3 (Music of Bach's Sons) (Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90239
Orchestral
BACH, J.C. / WESLEY / HESSE / MERKEL: Duets for Organ BIS
BIS-CD-273
Chamber Music, Instrumental
BACH, J.C.: 6 Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17 Naxos
8.570361
Instrumental
BACH, J.C.: Chamber Music - Opp. 8, 11, 22 / Sextet in C Major (Berliner Barock Compagney) Capriccio
C67105
Chamber Music
BACH, J.C.: Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor / Grand Overture (Symphony) for double orchestra / Symphony in G Minor Capriccio
C71071
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
BACH, J.C.: Keyboard Concertos, Op. 13, Nos. 2, 4 / BACH, J.C.F.: Keyboard Concertos, B. C29, C30 (attrib. to J.C. Bach) (The Music Collection) Naxos
8.570474
Concertos
BACH, J.C.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 5 (Alexander-Max) Naxos
8.570476
Instrumental
BACH, J.C.: Sinfonias, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553083
Orchestral
BACH, J.C.: Sinfonias, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553084
Orchestral
BACH, J.C.: Sinfonias, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.553085
Orchestral
BACH, J.C.: Sinfonias, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.553367
Orchestral
BACH, J.C.: Symphonie concertanti (Budapest Strings) Capriccio
C7005
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
BACH, J.C.: Symphonies, Opp. 6 and 9 / Grand Overtures, Op. 18 (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Zinman) Newton Classics
NC8802065
Orchestral
Baroque Music - PURCELL, H. / TORELLI, G. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / VIVALDI, A. / BACH, J.S. (Encore) (Les Violons du Roy, Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90012
Orchestral
Bassoon Concertos - BACH, J.C. / KOZELUCH, J.A. (Turkovic, Budapest Strings) Capriccio
C10585
Concertos
BERLIN CASTLES (MUSIC FROM) - GRAUN, J.G. / FREDERICK II / BENDA, F. / QUANTZ, J.J. / AUGUST WILHELM / JANITSCH, J.G. / BACH, C.P.E. Capriccio
C49503
Chamber Music
CAPPELLA COLONIENSIS (1954-2004) Capriccio
C49382
Orchestral
Discover Music of the Classical Era Naxos Educational
8.558180-81
Orchestral
DUC, S. le: Symphony No. 3 / SAINT-GEORGES, J.B.C. de: Violin Concerto, Op. 2, No. 1 / MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 31 (Mozart in Paris) (Goebel) Oehms Classics
OC705
Orchestral
GOETHE, J.W. von: Goethes Reisen im Harz Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10282
Orchestral
HAMPTON, C.: Alexander Variations (The) (Double Forte! - The Organs of the National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C.) (Higgs, Wilson) Delos
DE3175
Instrumental
Keyboard Recital: Schornsheim, Christine - BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, J.C. / KIRNBERGER, J.P. / MUTHEL, J.G. / NICHELMANN, C. Capriccio
C49541
Concertos
KYRIE - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556707
Orchestral
LOEKI STARDUST COLLECTION (Loeki Stardust Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802044
Chamber Music
Marches and Wind Music - BENDA, F. / BACH, J.C. / STAMITZ, C. / GOSSEC, F.-J. / MOZART, W.A. / WEBER, C.M. von (Berlin Radio Symphony) Capriccio
C10499
Chamber Music
MILLER, Mitch: Mitchell Miller Plays Works for Oboe and Orchestra (1947, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80111
Orchestral
MOZART / CRUSELL / BACH, J.C.: Music for Oboe and Strings Naxos
8.557361
Chamber Music
MOZART ERA (Meister der Mozart-Zeit) - KRAUS, J.M. / NAUMANN, J.G. / SALIERI, A. / ROSETTI, A. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von / GLUCK, C.W. Capriccio
C67100-02
Orchestral
MOZART ERA (Symphonies of Mozart's Time) - GOSSEC, F.-J. / BACH, J.C. / VANHAL, J.B. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von (Cappella Coloniensis, Linde) Capriccio
C71110
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (18th Century) - GOSSEC, F.-J. / BACH, J.C. / VANHAL, J.B. (Symphonies of the Mozart Era) (Cappella Coloniensis, Linde) Capriccio
C51105
Orchestral
Organ Recital: Metzger, Heribert / Zukriegel, Gerhard - BUXTEHUDE, D. / BRUNA, P. / PIAZZA, G. / MUFFAT, G. / HAYDN, M. / EBERLIN, J.E. Capriccio
C10460
Instrumental
PIANO MUSIC FOR STUDENTS - Associated Board Piano Examination, Grades 1-4 (1995) Marco Polo
AB-80102
Instrumental
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Heritage of the March, Vol. 69 (The Music of Whiting and J.C. Bach) The Robert Hoe Collection
75442203682
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
World of the 18th Century Symphony (The) Naxos
8.554761
Orchestral




 
 
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