With the Bach Cantatas app you have an extensive reference of all sacral and secular vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The app has a collection of all cantatas complete with arias, recitatives, choirs and chorals. Containing the instrumentation, text, librettists and scriptural references and interactive parody references for the individual cantata movements.

With a few swipes you get all informations for a cantata at hand.

Sort the cantatas for title, opus, designation, date of creation or current position in the liturgical year.

Through the search field you can find cantatas for instruments, designation, movement text, librettist or even scriptural reference within seconds.

Take a look at the score of the Bach Society Edition (Alte Bachausgabe), quite clearly arranged directly to each cantata. In addition, the app contains links to the autographs of Thus, you are only a fingertip away from the Bach original sources. The scores of the Bach Society Edition will be downloaded from the Internet as required. For searching you also need an Internet connection.

With the search catalog you find arias, sinfonias or chorals sorted by solo part oder instrumentation. Choose a predefined search from the catalog or create your own criterias with the interactive user interface.

In addition, the app contains all chorales used by J.Sach, with all verses.

For even more context the app contains the entire (!) Bible in the translation of King James translation and an interactive biblical concordance for the cantatas. It has never been easier to discover information on the use of Bible verses in Bach's cantatas.

The Cantatas app comes with a complete database for all of it's content. No internet connection is required to research a cantata. It even contains the complete epistel and gospel texts for all feasts of the liturgical year, designated to each cantata.

What's New

Version 1.7.4

- Add Christoph Birkmann as librettist for BWV 49, 52, 55, 56, 58, 82, 98 & 169

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Ratings and Reviews

Helpful, Thorough, and Easy to Use


I couldn’t help but download this when I came across it, given how much time I spend listening to Bach (especially his choral music). It’s very handy to have all of the texts and other details of the cantatas on hand. The app holds practically all the information you could want about each cantata and also makes it easy to search and sort them. Can’t remember the title of cantata Nr. 79? Don’t know the catalogue number for „Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele“? Want to know which cantatas were written for Advent? All easy. It’s awesome. The advanced searches can handle movement types, voicing, and instrumentation (including pre-built searches for, e.g., sinfonias or soprano–tenor duets). There's a database of chorale texts, too, that tells which cantatas use each chorale.

I really like the view that groups the cantatas “Starting today in the liturgical year”. It's an easy way to decide on a cantata (or three) to listen to each week when I'm out of ideas.

Plus, the developer responds directly to comments and requests. I emailed him recently about a couple of pieces that weren't in the app, and he responded the next day to acknowledge my request and give me a rough timeline for an update with the additions.

Amazing resource


This is an awesome reference for anyone who studies the cantatas of Bach. Tons of info and very clearly designed to be searchable and browsable. I hope that we see English translations in the app in the future!


Markus Mueller
33.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Markus Müller


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