The Info List - Neue Bachgesellschaft

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The Neue Bachgesellschaft, or New Bach Society, is an organisation based in Leipzig, Germany, devoted to the music of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. It was founded in 1900 as the successor to the Bach Gesellschaft, which between 1850 and 1900 produced a complete edition of Bach's works, publishing many pieces for the first time. On completion of these collected works (the Bach-Ausgabe), the original Society dissolved itself. The new Society approved three enduring projects:

the annual edition of a Bach-Jahrbuch (Bach yearbook)[1] biannual (today: annual) Bachfeste (Bach festivals). The venues of the Bachfest have mainly been in Germany, but the 2012 Festival had an international dimension, being held in Görlitz- Zgorzelec
on the German-Polish border. the founding of a Bach museum. In 1907 the Society opened the first museum dedicated to Bach at Eisenach, the town where he was born. This Bachhaus is managed by the Bachhaus Eisenach
gemeinnützige GmbH, a registered charitable company, with the New Bach Society as its sole associate.

The Society has not been directly involved in publishing scores in the way that its predecessor was. However, in 1950 it recommended that the second complete edition of Bach's music be undertaken, the Neue Bach-Ausgabe (NBA, in English: New Bach Edition). The project was a joint venture of musicologists in Göttingen, then West Germany, and Leipzig, then East Germany, in order to stress that the common cultural heritage was undivisible. References[edit]

^ "Bach Jahrbuch". Bach Archive
Bach Archive
Leipzig. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 

External links[edit]

New Bach Society website

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Bach publications

Music / lyrics

Printed during the composer's lifetime: cantata Gott ist mein König (1708); Clavier-Übung I (1726–30; 1731); Picander's 1728–29 cycle of cantata librettos; Clavier-Übung II (1735); Clavier-Übung III (1739); Goldberg Variations
Goldberg Variations
(1741); Canonic Variations on "Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her" (1747); The Musical Offering (1747); Schübler Chorales
Schübler Chorales
(1748) After 1750: The Art of Fugue
The Art of Fugue
(1751); Four-part chorales (1765–87); Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe (1851-99); New Bach Edition (1954–2007)

Biography / scholarship

Nekrolog (1754) Forkel's Ueber Johann Sebastian Bachs Leben, Kunst und Kunstwerke (1802) Spitta's Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
(Vol. I: 1873; Vol. II: 1880) Schmieder's Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis
(1950; 21990; 2a1998)

Bach Gesellschaft Neue Bachgesellschaft Bach Archive Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Cantatas Motets Masses, Mass movements, Magnificats, Passions and Oratorios Chorale harmonisations Songs and arias Organ compositions Keyboard and lute Chamber music Orchestral works Fugal works

More info

Bach cantata Church music in Latin Passions Bach's choir and orchestra Performance practice Printed during Bach's lifetime New Bach Edition Transcriptions


Family Students Biographers and scholars: Basso, Dürr, Forkel, Jones, Neumann, Riemenschneider, Rust, Schmieder, Spitta, Terry, Wolff


Bach Society Bach Gesellschaft Neue Bachgesellschaft Bach Archive
Bach Archive
(Leipzig) Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
Institute (Göttingen) Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart


Bach House (Eisenach) Bach House (Köthen) Café Zimmermann St. Thomas Church, Leipzig

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BACH motif Bach festivals Competitions and prizes: International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize

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