Links to web resources about J. S. Bach

Institutions and Associations

  • Bach-Archiv Leipzig

    • The Leipzig Bach-Archiv is generally acknowledged as the main centre for Bach studies in the world. It includes a research institute, a library, a museum and an events department; it is hosted in the historical building known as Bose Haus in the St Thomas Square, opposite the Church where Bach worked as a Cantor for twenty-seven years.


  • Bach Network​​

    • The central aim of the network is to promulgate the study of the life, times and music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). We aim to be a leading international centre for the discussion and dissemination of knowledge about the Bach family and its contexts, bringing together academics,
      scholars, performers and knowledgeable amateurs. We foster and encourage engagement and participation in the study of Bach and his circle to develop new ideas and thoughts about the Bachs through regular meetings, notably the biennial Bach Network Dialogue Meetings and other forums, such as the International Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, and meetings of the American Bach Society.

  • American Bach Society

    • Founded in 1972 as a chapter of the Neue Bachgesellschaft, the American Bach Society supports the study, performance, and appreciation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in the United States and Canada. The ABS produces Bach Notes and Bach Perspectives, sponsors a biennial meeting and conference, and offers grants and prizes for research on Bach.

  • Netherlands Bach Society

    • The Netherlands Bach Society (Dutch: Nederlandse Bachvereniging) is the oldest ensemble for Baroque music in the Netherlands, and possibly in the world. The ensemble was founded in 1921 in Naarden to perform Bach's St Matthew Passion on Good Friday and has performed the work annually since then in the Grote of Sint-Vituskerk (Great Church or St Vitus Church). From 1983 until 2018, Jos van Veldhoven was artistic director and conductor. On May 11 in 2017, Shunsuke Sato was appointed as artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society, beginning from June 1, 2018.[1]
      In 2021 the ensemble will be 100 years old. In preparation the Society is publishing a new and freely accessible recording every week, including HD video of all 1080 works of Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by members of the ensemble and guest musicians under the title All of Bach.

  • Riemenschneider Bach Institute

    • The Riemenschneider Bach Institute serves as a research center for Bach and Baroque performance and publication, sponsors regularly scheduled concerts and lectures, and also publishes a journal, BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Riemenschneider Bach Institute's initial Symposium-Concert Series was held in February 1970. Annual Symposium-Concerts featuring performers and lecturers of local, national, and international note have been presented regularly since that time. These events are free and open to the public.

Musicological resources

  • Bach-Digital

    • Bach-Digital is a detailed, comprehensive, efficient and constantly updated database, and a fundamental instrument for research on J. S. Bach and the other composers of the Bach family. It is managed by the Bach-Archiv of Leipzig. 


  • Bach Bibliography

    • It is a portal created by Yo Tomita starting from his personal database, which was first created in 1986 and published online in 1997. It includes the most complete Bach bibliography both as regards musicological research and musical publications.


  • ​​Bach-Cantatas

    • Bach-Cantatas is a portal including all aspects of Bach's Cantatas and of his vocal works (but not just these). For most pieces, BCW offers detailed discography, discussions, librettos and translations, scores, commentaries, references and musical examples, performers, librettists, as well as resources on the Lutheran Church Year, Chorales (lyrics and tunes), books and movies about Bach, concerts, Bach festivals etc. This link gives direct access to the Italian translation of the Cantata librettos by BWV number. 


  • Bach Central Station

    • A portal listing Bach resources available online; it includes more than three hundred links.

  • Orchestra virtuale del Flaminio

    • The so-called Orchestra virtuale del Flaminio, under the patronage of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, offers several resources which are useful for knowing more about Bach;  among them, Bach's biography, the complete catalogue of his works, program notes for many of his works, and the Italian translation of several librettos of his vocal works.

  • Bach's scores on IMSLP

    • To access directly the free library of Bach scores available on IMSLP please click here.


    • Laureto Rodoni's personal website is a treasure trove with countless resources, particularly about Ferruccio Busoni and Giuseppe Martucci, along with other Italian musicians who contributed substantially to the reception of Bach's music in Italy.


Festival e attività

  • Bachfest Leipzig

    • The most important Bach festival in the world takes place in June in Leipzig and gathers thousands of Bach lovers from all around the world.

  • BackTOBach

    • A festival about Bach and his time; it takes place in Turin and Piedmont every year in autumn. 

  • BacharoTour​

    • A festival of Bach-centered concerts taking place in Venice

Partner sites

This section lists "partner sites", i.e. webpages with a musical and/or musicological interest, even though they may be not directly related to Bach's music. We list here only webpages we appreciate and know; you are welcome t​o introduce us to our website, and, if relevant, we'll be glad to exchange links!


    • Conceived in 2002 and entirely renewed at the end of 2016, this website has the main goal to make all the musical output of Ludwig van Beethoven accessible to all visitors - from music lovers to students and scholars. This is realized through a modern catalogue of the works, multimedia files of his entire opus, a detailed description of his works (based on the Biamonti catalogue), and particular articles which further deepen the knowledge of these topics and of all the events discussed in the website.

  • The Russian Bach​

    • What is to Italy, "The Russian Bach", is to Russia. This website, created by the Russian pianist Nadia Koudasheva, has an interesting listing of Russian Bach transcriptions, combined with a very interesting recording project.

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