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Duke Johann Ernst (Composer)

Born: December 15, 1696 - Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
Died: August 1, 1715 - Frankfurt, Germany

Duke Johann Ernst was a German composer who studied with J.S. Bach and of whose concertos J.S. Bach made transcriptions.

During his activity in Weimar, J.S. Bach came into close contact with Prince Johann Ernst, a composition pupil of Johann Gottfried Walther and extremely gifted musically, who died young. The organ concertos in C and G major (BWV 595 and BWV 592) were arrangements of works by the young prince. When his elder brother, Duke Ernst August (1688-1748), who was co-regent from 1709, married Princess Eleonore Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Köthen, in 1716, J.S. Bach provided the music for the ceremony. And it was on this occasion that the bride's brother, Prince Leopold (later his employer in Köthen), came to know and appreciate him.

 

Source: Wikipedia Website; Christoph Wolff: Bach - Essays on His Life and Music (Harvard University Press, 1991)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2008)

Works arranged by J.S. Bach

Concerto for organ No. 1 in G major (after Duke J. Ernst), BWV 592
Concerto for solo keyboard G major (after Duke J. Ernst), BWV 592a
Concerto for organ No. 4 in C major (after Duke J. Ernst), BWV 595
Concerto for solo keyboard No. 11 in B flat major (after Duke J. Ernst, Op. 1/1),
BWV 982
Concerto for solo keyboard No. 13 in C major (after Duke J. Ernst),
BWV 984
Concerto for solo keyboard No. 16 in D minor (after Duke J. Ernst, Op. 1/4),
BWV 987

Links to other Sites

Johann Ernst III, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (Wikipedia)

 

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