Presently this on-line resource is jointly run and maintained at Queen's University Belfast and Bach-Archiv Leipzig. I am deeply indebted to all my colleagues in both institutions, particularly Professor Michael Alcorn, Mr Chris Corrigan, and Mr Alan Rea in Belfast, and Professor Christoph Wolff, Dr Uwe Wolf, Dr Christine Blanken and Mrs Kristina Funk-Kunath in Leipzig, for their ongoing support. In terms of contents, I am grateful to all the regular contributors, but particularly Nobuaki Ebata, my principal contributor, whose energy and dedication has been inspirational in many ways to drive this project forward.
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.
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, Utrecht University Library, Edinburgh University Library, Royal College of Music (London), and Royal Academy of Music (London).
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 from September 1997 to 2011, Seiji Noguchi in Japan (www.nets.ne.jp/~bach) from October 1997 and Masao Saito in Japan from March 1999 to 2011. From November 2000 to November 2005, a fully independent mirror service was provided at the Performing Arts Data Service, University of Glasgow, 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.
Last modified: 24 February 2011