Julian Hans Mincham 22.09.1939 – 16.02.2022

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Julian Mincham on the 16th of February 2022. It was his wish that this web site be maintained as his legacy and we, his family, intend to honour this.

While we do not have the specialist knowledge to add to the web site, we intend to keep it freely available and working as it is now. If you have benefited from using this web site and feel you are able, any donations towards the running costs are greatly appreciated.

Should you need to contact us regarding any web site matters, we will check in on Julian's email address from time to time but please accept our apologies in advance if we are not able to reply to you individually.

Cordelia (Wife), Melanie (Daughter) and Laurence (Son)

Welcome to a unique website devoted to Bach's Cantatas.

You are never more than two clicks away from an original essay on each of the church and 'secular' cantatas. There are over 1000 music examples which can be heard by clicking the icons (see below).

Due to ongoing contributions from readers helping to cover the cost of hosting this site, it will continue to be available for the foreseeable future.

Volume One - Experimentation

vol1The first Leipzig cycle followed by the early and secular cantatas.
Experimentation and recycling within the first cycle followed by the earliest religious and extant secular cantatas.

Volume Two - Consolidation

The second Leipzig cycle followed by the later chorale cantatas.
The chorale as the critical foundation of the cantata.

Volume Three - Culmination

Cycles three and four and the late works.
Contextual considerations and expansions of the genre.