Commentaries on the Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach: An Interactive Companion


Hans-Joachim Schulze
James A. Brokaw II


Bach, Johann Sebastian -- 1685-1750, Cantatas -- Analysis, appreciation, music, poetry history and criticism


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In 1990 Hans-Joachim Schulze, preeminent worldwide authority on the music of JS Bach, began a weekly series of radio broadcasts on all the cantatas by Bach then known to be extant. The series was quite popular, was repeated several times, and in 2006 Schulze published his scripts as a volume on all the Bach cantatas. In this digital edition hosted by IOPN, a companion to a printed volume of selected commentaries published by University of Illinois Press, James A. Brokaw II provides English translations of all of the essays on the Scalar platform with tools for searching, sorting and bundling the essays by date of composition, position within the liturgical church year sequence, secular patron and occasion, librettist and other parameters.

Funding Acknowledgment

Sponsored by the Ruth and Noel Monte Fund of the American Bach Society

Ruth and Noel Monte were deeply devoted to Bach and his music, sensing its great impact on the human brain and culture throughout the world. To them, Bach represents a bright planet appearing in the sky only once, requiring centuries for the human mind to observe and fully comprehend. The Monte Fund has the goal of supporting and promoting this living musical treasure for present and future generations.


  • Translator's Note
  • How to Navigate This Interactive Digital Edition
  • How to Search
  • Sacred Cantatas for the Liturgical Calendar; Particular Occasions; Oratorios; Secular Cantatas for Patrons, Institutions and Nonliturgical Occasions Courts, Nobility and Citizenry
  • Bach's Sacred Cantatas: A Chronological View
  • Bach's Chorale Cantatas
  • Librettists
  • Index of Persons
  • Index by Title
  • Index by BWV
  • Abbreviations and References
  • Tags (Additional)
  • About This Book

Author Biography

James A. Brokaw II

James A. Brokaw II holds a doctorate in historical musicology, completed under the direction of Robert L. Marshall at the University of Chicago. He is an independent scholar and translator living in Brunswick Maine

Cover of Commentaries on the Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach on cream textured paper with gold musical notes.


March 28, 2024