This on-line service is based on my on-going research project since 1985. Here I would like to acknowledge my gratitude to people who helped me in the past and present.
First of all I would like to thank the staff of the following libraries where I undertook the collection of the bulk of data (in the chronological order): the Brotherton Library (Leeds University), the British Library (London and Boston Spa), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Institut (Göttingen), Queen's University Library (Belfast), the Kunitachi College of Music Library (Tokyo), Yale University Music Library (Connecticut), Trinity College Library (Dublin), Bach-Archiv Leipzig, Stadtbibliothek Leipzig and Utrecht University Library.
Secondly, I wish to thank the following individuals who provided me with the information before this service went on-line: Dr David Ledbetter (Manchester), Dr Matthew Dirst (Texas), Dr Reinmar Emans (Göttingen), Dr Alfred Dürr (Bovenden), Dr Richard Jones (Abingdon), Dr Philip Olleson (Nottingham). The scholars contributed to this on-line version after its release are acknowledged separately under the list of contributors.
I would also like to thank the following people who generously offered me mirror sites: Nathan Johansen in USA (www.npj.com/bach/) from September 1997, Seiji Noguchi in Japan (www.nets.ne.jp/~bach) from October 1997 and Masao Saito in Japan (j.s.bach.gr.jp/tomita/) from March 1999 (which became fully independent in November 2002). From November 2000, a fully independent mirror service was established at the Performing Arts Data Service, University of Glasgow (appserver.pads.arts.gla.ac.uk/bachbib), for which I am particularly grateful to John McHugh. In November 2002, a fully independent mirror service was set up at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio (homepages.bw.edu/bachbib/). I am very grateful to the staff of the college who assisted its establishment, in particular Robert Agnew and Greg Flanik of Information Technology department and Dr Mel Unger, the director of the Bach Institute.
Finally, I am deeply indebt to Malcolm Vincent (who was then Senior Systems Analyst at Computer Services, Queen's University of Belfast), for writing a perl script for this database engine. Without his assistance, this database will not be on-line today. My warm thanks also goes to Chris Corrigan and Professor Michael Alcorn for providing technical assistance in the School of Music, and to Alan Rea for providing the much-needed high-level technical support on the university's main web server.
Last modified: 23 November 2002