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JS Bach

Instrumental Works


Bach composed a number of ingenious short canons (BWV 1072-86), most of which were dedicated to various acquaintances at different times in his career. He wrote the canonic variations on "Von Himmel hoch" (for organ) as a presentation piece for the Mizler Society in Leipzig, of which he became a member in 1747. An additional set of fourteen perpetual canons in Bach's hand writing has been recently descovered in his personal copy of the printed Gold Variations (1741-1742). These so-called Goldberg Canons use the first eight bass notes of Bach's theme section (called Aria); they are arranged in an order of increasing complexity.

Organ Music. Bach's early works, pre-Weimar, through his late works at Leipzig.

String Keyboard (clavier) music. Covers the Bach's significant pieces.

The Well-Tempered Clavier. The best known of Bach's clavier works.

Suites and Partitas. Bach's clavier suites and partitas.

Goldberg Variations. This aria with thirty variations is representative of Baroque theme and variations.
Solo music for other instruments. Compositions primarily from Bach's period in Cöthen including his cello suites.

Orchestral music. Examples of Baroque concertos and suites, including Air on the G String and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Inventions and Sinfonia. Two sets of fifteen contrapuntal pieces written for teaching purposes.
Canons. Bach's canonic variations.

Musical Offering. Based on a theme given to Bach by Frederick the Great.

Art of Fugue. Bach's final collection of fugues and canons.

Unfinished fugue. Last in the Art of Fugue, this fugue is formed from the letters of Bach's name.