Celebrate Bach's birthday

March 14, 2016
Ray Heigemeir
Johann Sebastian Bach’s face from Elias Gottlob Haussmann’s 1748 portrait.

On March 21, 2016, we celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's 331st birthday. Here are links to freely available resources, including some courtesy of Stanford University.



Stanford University Libraries holds one original Bach manuscript, the basso part from the cantata "Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte Greifet zu, fasst das Heil", BWV 174. A high-quality digital image is available for viewing and download.

The Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke (new edition of the complete works) is shelved in the Music Library stacks.

The 19th-century Bach Gesellschaft edition of the complete works is available for download via the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)

The Bach Digital database provides links to most of the known manuscripts in existence and tracks Bach scholarship worldwide.


Streaming recordings

The complete works for organ, performed on Stanford's Fisk-Nanney organ by University Organist Robert Huw Morgan.

The cello suites, performed by St. Lawrence String Quartet cellist Christopher Costanza. See also the accompanying educational website.

All of Bach, an undertaking by the Netherlands Bach Society to stream performances of all of Bach's works. A new performance is available each Friday.

YouTube, of course, provides many Bach performances. Try the Brandenburg Concertos with the Munich Bach Orchestra.