Download All 270 JS Bach Organ Works For Free

The 270 pieces that JS Bach composed for the organ may not be to everyone's taste.  However, if you have a liking for this sort of music, be prepared for a treat.

A professor at the University of Michigan has recorded all 270 works, on original baroque organs in Germany, and made the entire collection available for free download.  

The full collection runs to hundreds of megabytes, although you can also search through the catalogue and obtain individual files if you wish.

The files should play on most PCs and portable players.

To get started, point your web browser at http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/ and turn up your speakers.

 

 

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by eikelein on 25. January 2013 - 1:05  (104792)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

By the way, all together it's 2.001GB (as in gigabyte). ;-)

by Honeybunkle on 24. January 2013 - 16:53  (104787)

Out of this World! This is a great find for all of us "Classical Music" enthusiasts.

by Coffee Frog on 24. January 2013 - 14:20  (104786)

Very fine performances recorded very nicely. It's a pleasure hearing details like the "chiff" at the starts of notes in soft passages and a slight bit of the mechanical sounds of the tracker action on these wonderful old instruments.

A plus is that, on the tracks I've listened to, the instruments are perfectly in tune.

by Drazab on 24. January 2013 - 11:00  (104777)

I sought for the The Art of Fugue (or The Art of the Fugue, original German: Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080, which is the only interesting work of JS Bach ("der grosse Bach" is CPE Bach, his son) and did not find it.

by mo.eu on 27. January 2013 - 13:36  (104856)

According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Fugue) Die Kunst der Fuge was probably written for harpsichord. This might explain why they have not included this work in a collection of JS Bach's organ works.

by bwoods on 24. January 2013 - 5:51  (104765)

[Rob--I profusely apologize for the music snob in me, but the word "Baroque" is a proper noun and should be capitalized. I know, I know, I'm sorry everyone.]

Having listened to some of the tracks on this site, I must whole-heartedly throw my recommendation in. My discipline and therefore expertise in music is not the organ (choral conducting), but Dr. Kibbie is highly respected among organ players. After listening to a few of the tracks already, I can attest to the tasteful skill and musicianship in the performances. And the Baroque organs have such a beautiful sound quality.

If you know of someone who has an interest in organ music, J.S. Bach, Baroque music, or just some beautiful music, I suggest passing this link along.

(And downloading all the tracks is so easy with the Firefox add-on, DownThemAll.)

by bwoods on 24. January 2013 - 3:14  (104763)

Wow! As someone in the music education profession, thank you for this find!

by bartprg on 19. January 2013 - 2:53  (104631)

great - thanks for this wonderful find.

by wildweaselkeeper on 18. January 2013 - 22:37  (104625)

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach; For Free? I'm in.

I imagine that many don't realize the influence Bach and other composers had and have on modern day musicians; in other words your favorite rock groups.

In my day the Beatles and Rollings Stones music was heavily influenced by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and many others. Yes, ole Liver Lips influenced by classical music; go figure.

Today's musicians and artists are influenced not only by the Beatles and Rolling Stones (old liver lips), but the old composers too.

Good stuff. Give it a listen you might like it.

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