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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.

Since July 2017, the Bach Cantatas Website is mobile-ready.
Works for Discussion
The works are discussed in the BCML on a weekly basis.
Order of Discussion 2017:
Aug 13: Cantata BWV 120 + Cantata BWV 120a + Cantata BWV 120b
Aug 20: Cantata BWV 29
Oct 1: Cantata BWV 130
Oct 8: Cantata BWV 149
Oct 15: Quodlibet BWV 524
Oct 22: Cantata BWV 196
Oct 29: Cantata BWV 195
Oct 29: Cantata BWV 192
Nov 5: Cantata BWV 197
Karl Richer - Bach Cantatas Vol. 5 Discographies of all Bach Cantatas and discussions of each work. Recent: Discographies: BWV 6 | BWV 145 | BWV 42 | BWV 68 | Discussions: BWV Anh4 + Anh4a | BWV 6 | BWV 145 | BWV 42
St Matthew Passion Discographies of Bach's other vocal works and discussions of them. Recent: Discographies: Oster-Oratorium BWV249 | Magnificats BWV243/BWV243a | Discussions: Oster-Oratorium BWV249
Goldberg Variations Discographies of Bach's works for solo keyboard, lute..., discussions, reviews. Recent: Discographies: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 | French Overture BWV 831 | Various Keyboard Works BWV 832-845
Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach's works & Bach-inspired works. Recent: Works: F. Chopin | W.A. Mozart | G. Faure | L.v. Beethoven | Discographies: Walton: Wise Virgins
Fritz Lehmann Bach discographies of performers of vocal works and discussions of them. Recent: Discographies: Ricardo Rocha | John Beckett | Robert Eilers | Fritz Lehmann | Rudolf Lutz
Harald Vogel Bach Discographies of performers of instrumental works and discussions of them. Recent: Discographies: Harald Vogel | Jean-Claude Zehnder | Douglas Amrine | Helma Elsner
OVPP Discussions of general topics relating to Bach & his music. Recent: Members of Bach ML's | Number of Cantatas | About the BCW 2015 | 1st Cycle of Bach Cantatas in Leipzig
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: G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina
Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven Reviews & discussions of books about Bach & his music. Recent: Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven | J.S. Bach at His Royal Instrument
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
Texts & translations of all Bach Cantatas & his other vocal works (5,616). Recent: English-10: BWV 1-224 (in process) | Norwegian-1: BWV 1-199 | Danish-1 (56)
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...
Listen to music examples from Bach’s works: Cantatas | Other Vocal Works | Instrumental Works | Bach's Contemporaries | Videos
Commentaries on Bach Cantatas & other vocal works, including links to commentaries in other websites. Recent: French commentaries on Cantatas 2017 Edition (in process): [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...
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: Semana Bach | Bach in Plön | Festivalul Internaţional J.S. Bach
World-wide schedule of concerts of Bach's vocal works, arranged by year/country. Major Bach events around the world: festivals, conferences...
Biography, photos and Bach discography of performers who have recorded Bach's vocal works, solo keyboard works and lute works (11,750).
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... (1,401)
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
The Face of Bach 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)
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...
Technical & Musical Terms & Abbreviations, used by various contributors across the the BCW.
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
Russian baritone
Michel Chapuis (1930-2017)
French organist
Zuzana Růžičková (1928-2017)
Czech harpsichordist


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