Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685 – 1750)

Bach was born in Eisenach into a great musical family. His father was the director of the town musicians, and all of his uncles were professional musicians. His father probably taught him to play the violin and harpsichord, and his brother taught him the clavichord and exposed him to much contemporary music. Apparently at his own initiative, Bach attended St. Michael’s School in Lüneburg for two years. After graduating he held several musical posts across Germany: he served as Kapellmeister (director of music) to Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, and as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, a position of music director at the main Lutheran churches and educator at the Thomasschule. He received the title of “Royal Court Composer” from Augustus III in 1736. Bach’s health and vision declined in 1749, and he died on 28 July 1750.

While Bach’s abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, he was not widely recognized as an important composer until a revival of interest in his music during the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. (source: Wikipedia)


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Abblasen
BB BE 170502 – $4.00
0′ 30″ – difficult

Abblasen is a trumpet fanfare attributed to Gottfried Reiche. In Haussmann’s famous portrait of Reiche, he is seen holding a scrap of paper with two lines of melody written on it. Abblassen is a reconstruction of what appears to be on the manuscript in Haussmann’s painting.

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo in B flat, E flat Trumpet, & 2 B flat Trumpets

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2015 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Adagio
BB BE 100706 – $32.00
3′ 30″ – advanced

from Toccata Adagio and Fugue in C major (BWV 564) for brass ensemble – a showcase for the trumpet section

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
BB BE 880509 – $38.00
4′ 40″ – advanced

(BWV 1068) – gorgeous and familiar melody.  This arrangement is also included in the Suite for Brass listed below.

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo, B flat Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Air pour les Trompettes
BB BE 010901 – $28.00
1′ 50″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen from the Keyboard Partita in A major (BWV 832) for brass ensemble – virtuosic showpiece for your trumpet section

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Allegro (Brandenburg No. 3)
BE 100202 – $25.00
3′ 25″ – advanced

Third movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048) arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Allegro (Brandenburg No. 6)
BE 100203 – $25.00
3′ 25″ – advanced

Third movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (BWV 1051) arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 (BWV 1067)
BE 100702 – $20.00
advanced

This arrangement is also included in the Suite for Brass listed below.

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo, B Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Bouree from Orchestral Suite No. 1 (BWV 1066)
BE 100703 – $20.00
medium

This arrangement is also included in the Suite for Brasslisted below.

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet (doubling Piccolo, B flat Trumpet (doubling Flugelhorn), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Brandenburg Suite
BE 100705 – $60.00|
10′ 00″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen from the Brandenburg Concertos for brass ensemble – includes the Allegro third movements (above) from Concerto Nos. 3 and 6, and the Polacca and Trio from Concerto No. 1

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Chaconne in d minor
BB BE 100701 – $60.00
12′ 00″ – virtuoso

arranged by Michael Allen from Ferruccio Busoni’s brilliant piano realization of Bach’s famous Chaconne for Solo Violin.

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo (doubling B flat Trumpet), E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn (doubling on B flat Trumpet), 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2015 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Vor deinem Thron tret ich hiermit
BB BE 010905 – $38.00
2′ 50″ – medium

Chorale Prelude BWV 668a – Before Thine Throne I Now Appear  arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble – included in the first printed edition of the Art of Fugue – legend suggests that Bach dictated this moving setting to an assistant from his death bed

(423.11) – 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Contrapunctus 1
BB BE 010902 – $38.00
3′ 40″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen from the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) for brass ensemble – composed in 1748 – 1749 and not published until after his death in 1750 – Contrapunctus 1 is an example of a simple fugue. Originally in D minor arranged here in C minor.

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, 2 B flat Trumpets Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Contrapunctus 5
BB BE 010903 – $38.00
4′ 10″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen from the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) for brass ensemble – Contrapunctus 5 is an example of a simple fugue with stretto. Originally in D minor arranged here in C minor.

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, 2 B flat Trumpets Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Contrapunctus 9
BB BE 960901 – $38.00
4′ 10″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen from the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) for brass ensemble – Contrapunctus 9 is an example of a double fugue. Originally in D minor arranged here in C minor.

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, 2 B flat Trumpets Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque


Contrapunctus 14
BE 010904 – $40.00
8′ 30″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen from the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) for brass ensemble – Contrapunctus 14 is an example of quadruple fugue.  Unfinished at Bach’s death, the final fugue subject is BACH. Originally in D minor arranged here in C minor.

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, 2 B flat Trumpets Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Dance Suite
BE 070803 – $60.00
advanced

arranged by Michael Allen taken from the French and Italian Keyboard Suites for brass ensemble – Prelude, Allemande, Gavotte, Sarabande, and Gigue

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, 2 B flat Trumpets Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Fantasia in C major
BB BE 980501 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – medium

Originally for organ, arranged by Michael Allen from BWV 570 – Majestic, sonorous, brilliant

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque


Fantasia & Fugue in g minor, BWV 542
BB BE 150201 – $60.00
11′ 00″ – professional

The Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 acquired that name to distinguish it from the ‘Little’ Fugue in G minor.

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo in B flat, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, & Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2015 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Fugue in g minor
BB BE 871201 – $42.00
3′ 30″ – advanced

The so called “Little Fugue” (BWV 578) is one of Bach’s most famous organ works – challenging for the ensemble – rewarding for an audience.  Arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
BB BE 871201 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – advanced

Pastoral chorale setting from Cantata 147 (Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben).  4 trombones – alto through bass – ‘sing’ the chorale melody.

(424.01) – 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, Alto Trombone, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque


Komm susser Tod
BB BE 900401 – $32.00
2′ 45″ – medium

Chorale Prelude (BWV 478), Come Sweet Death – arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) – 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque


Passacaglia & Fugue in c minor
BB BE 980801 – $60.00
12′ 30″ – professional

Monumental organ work – Virtuosic brass arrangement (BWV 582) arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Dorian Records 93204 – Bolder Baroque


Polacca and Trio
BE 100201 – $20.00
advanced

arranged by Michael Allen from Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (BWV 1046) for brass ensemble

(423.11) – E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Prelude and Fugue in B flat, BWV 898
BB BE 100707 – $38.00
advanced

Fugue subject is on the name BACH – spurious work, but an effective concert piece.  Arranged by Michael Allen for 423.11 brass ensemble

E flat Trumpet, B flat Piccolo, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Rejoussance from Orchestral Suite No. 4 (BWV 1069)
BE 100708 – $20.00
advanced

This arrangement is also included in the Suite for Brass listed below.

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo, B Trumpet, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Suite for Brass
BB BE 100704 – $60.00
12′ 00″advanced

Four movements selected from the Orchestral Suites including the Bouree from Suite No. 1, Air from Suite No. 3, Badinerie from Suite No. 2, and Rejouissance from Suite No. 4.  Arranged by Michael Allen for 423.11 brass ensemble

E flat Trumpet, B flat Piccolo, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.


Toccata & Fugue in d minor
BB BE 980802 – $75.00
8′ 57″ – professional

Perhaps Bach’s best known and most often arranged organ work (BWV 565) – a real challenge, but well worth the effort.  Arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) 2 E flat Trumpets, B flat Trumpet, (doubles on piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Recorded by the Boulder Brass on Boulder Brass Records 390617 – Bolder Baroque


Wachet Auf! Ruft uns die stimme
BB BE 990701 – $42.00
4′ 30″ – advanced

Chorale setting from Cantata 140, arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11) – B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

Battle tested by the Boulder Brass at the 2010 Abbey Bach Festival in Mount Angel, Oregon.