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The J. S. Bach Files Podcast

Ever wanted to take a closer look at the music of Johann Sebastian Bach? The J. S. Bach Files might make that a little easier.

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Episode No. 3: Bach's Sacred Cantatas at Leiplzig

We'll take a look at some of Bach's sacred cantatas composed in Leipzig, notably BWV 68, "God so loved the world";  BWV 78, "Jesus, by whom my soul";  BWV 80, "A Might Fortress is my God"; BWV 140, "Wake up, the voice calls us" ("Sleepers awake");  and BWV 51, "Shout to Joy for God in every land."

1hr 2mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 27: Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

We’re going to look at Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, perhaps the most remarkable set of variations composed in the Baroque period.

52mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 24: Bach's Contemporaries--G. P. Telemann, part 1

We’ll survey the vocal/choral music of G. P. Telemann.

1hr 7mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 15: Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites Nos. 1 & 2

We'll look at Bach's first two unaccompanied cello suites, No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007, and No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008.

1hr 1min

18 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 5: Bach's Concertos, part 1

We'll look at Bach's three most famous violin concertos: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BWV 1041; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Major, BWV 1042; and Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D Minor (the "Double" Concerto), BWV 1043.

58mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Episode No. 4: Bach's Secular Cantatas

We'll look at three of Bach's most famous secular cantatas: BWV 208, "What pleases me above all is the lively hunt" (The "Hunt" cantata); BWV 211, "Keep quiet, don't chatter" (The "Coffee" Cantata); BWV 212, "We have a new overseer" (The "Peasant" Cantata).

55mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 30: Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, part 1

We’ll look at Sonata No.1 in F Minor, BWV 1001, and Partita No, 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002.

58mins

14 May 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 9: Bach's B Minor Mass, part 1

We'll take a look at the Kyrie and Gloria sections of Bach's famous B Minor Mass.

54mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 22: Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, part 1

We'll look at two of Bach's sonatas for violin with harpsichord obbligato: Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014, and Sonata No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015.

56mins

1 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 26: Bach's Contemporaries--G. P. Telemann, part 2

We’re going to surveyTelemann’s instrumental music, from unaccompanied works for violin to keyboard fantasias, solo sonatas, trio sonatas, quartets, and works for orchestra.

1hr 23mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Episode 16: Bach's St. John Passion, part 1

We'll look at part 1 of Bach's St. John Passion, BWV 245.

45mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 6: Bach's Concertos, part 2--Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 6 & 1

We'll look at three of Bach's famous Brandenburg Concertos: Nos. 3, 6 & 1.

56mins

28 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 20: Bach’s French Suites—No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812; No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

We’ll look at two of Bach’s French Suites: No. 1 in D Minor (BWV 812) and No. 5  in G Major (BWV 816).

56mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 10: Bach's B Minor Mass, part 2

We'll look at the concluding movements of Bach's B Minor Mass.

55mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 13: Bach's Orchestral Suites, part 1

We'll look at the first two Orchestral Suites: No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066; and No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067.

54mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #15