Deciding which one of J.S. Bach’s vocal works was his greatest compositional triumph may be impossible, but those seeking high quality online resources on his remarkable accomplishments need look no further than these two sites. The first is dedicated to his cantatas, and visitors are presented with a wealth of material here, ranging from English translations of these works to a list of upcoming concerts featuring these works. Given the number of those who are tremendously passionate about these masterpieces, the site also features discussion boards for select cantatas. Here, visitors can opine about their favorite recordings, or merely offer pointed criticisms of less-than-worthy performances. The second site was created and maintained by Professor Z. Philip Ambrose of the University of Vermont, and it contains English translations to the vocal works of Bach, along with introductory information on the sources and on performance history of each work. Visitors can browse a list of headings on the left-hand side of the homepage which offers a list of relevant abbreviations, texts for lost works, and a complete listing of Bach’s various vocal works, organized by composition type.
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