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Choral & Vocal Works

johann-sebastian-bach.jpgThe works listed in this section are arias and chorus's from the many contatas written by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Bach's cantatas are among his most significant and celebrated compositions.

As cantor of one of the main churches in Leipseig, it was part of Bach's job to perform a church cantata every Sunday and Holiday, conducting soloists, the choir and orchestra as part of the church service. Works from three annual cycles of cantatas for the liturgical calendar have survived. These relate to the readings prescribed by the Lutheran liturgy for the specific occasion. In his first years in Leipzig, starting after Trinity of 1723, it was not unusual for him to compose a new work every week.

In addition to the church cantatas, he composed sacred cantatas for functions like weddings, music for academic functions of the University of Leipzig, and secular cantatas for anniversaries and entertainment in nobility and society.

His cantatas usually require four soloists and a four-part choir, but he also wrote solo cantatas for typically one soloist and dialogue cantatas for two singers. The words for many cantatas combine Bible quotes, contemporary poetry and chorale, but he also composed a cycle of chorale cantatas based exclusively on one chorale.

The UniqueTracks Stock Music Library is able to license these recordings for many different media uses.  You can configure your license right here on this website by choosing your usage type from the drop-down box when you click the "License/Buy this Track" link.

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  • Ave Maria - Gounod (J.S. Bach)

  • Cantata Chorus "We must pass through great sadness"

  • Cantata Alto Aria "Not to fathom is the manner"

  • Cantata Bass Recitative "In the world ye have fear"

  • Cantata Chorus "To thee be true, O spirit"

  • Contata Chorus "There is nought of soundness within"

  • Cantata Soprano Recitative "Ah, lead thou me, O God"

  • Cantata Bass Aria "To the right side, to the left side"

  • Cantata Chorus "I lie midst strife and now resist"

  • Cantata Chorus "Who himself exalteth"

  • Cantata Bass Recitative "There is nought destructible"

  • Cantata Bass Aria "Take it now, clasp your hope"

  • Cantata Chorus "Thou shalt thy God and master..."

  • Cantata Chorus "From God to me comes joyful light"

  • Cantata Chorus "Deck thyself, O soul beloved"

  • What then? The Lord Almighty Saith

  • Cantata Chorus "Come Holy Spirit, God the Lord"

  • Cantata Alto Aria "I will thee all my life's extent"

  • Cantata - We come here, thy great holiness...

  • Cantata Alto Recitative "The Lord is not and never was"

  • Cantata Chorus "So come before his countenance"

  • Cantata Soprano Aria "Open to my songs so meager"

  • Cantata Chorus & Solo "The heavens are telling"

  • Cantata Chorus "Praise the Almighty"