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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Musical Interlude: J.S. Bach

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

California Guitar Trio's rendition of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor:

The traditional version (pipe organ):

The genius of Bach!


  1. How could you not love those?

    Thanks for some great music!

  2. Thank you for this, what a nice change from politics. Have a great and blessed Sunday AOW and Mr. AOW

    Right Truth

  3. Mr. AOW and I are spending a relaxing Sunday and, for our evening meal, will have a special Sunday dinner: roasted chicken (rosemary), peas, and creamed corn. The bird is in the oven as of 10 minutes ago.

  4. Bach's music is so well written it would still be good even if played by a chorus of harmonicas -- or on a Synthesizer, as has often been done in the recent past.

    This particular piece -- possibly his most famous work along with the selection from one of his choral cantatas best known as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" -- has been transcribed for piano solo by Feruccio Busoni and for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski.

    Frankly I like this arrangement for guitar-trio much better than any of the other alternative treatments. There's a gentleness about it that beautifully demonstrates that Bach's music is not innately pompous, overbearing, overly-authoritative or too complex -- a mistaken notion that, unfortunately caught on with "average churchgoers" decades ago, and has made life miserable for well-trained church musicians ever since.

    The music in its original form, of course, is heard at it's best.

    I highly recommend Peter Hurford's recording of The Great Organ Works of J.S, Bach, complete and in their entirety -- an IMMENSE accomplishment.

    Hurford's recording is readily available on YouTube for those interested in developing a greater, deeper understanding the wonders of J.S. Bach.

  5. Dinner sounds delicious, AOW!

    Enjoy your peaceful Sunday at home to the fullest.

  6. FT,
    Mrs. AOW really outdid herself tonight. The best roast chicken she has ever fixed! She tried a new mix of seasonings. I hope that she writes down this particular recipe!

  7. I hope so, too, Mr. AOW. I'm getting tired of the way I do chicken, myself, and would like some variety.

    Glad you folks are having a good evening.

    I'm eating chicken LIVERS tonight, believe it or not. ;-)

    You can still get a whole mess of them for less than two bucks, and once in a while they taste very good.

    Best to ya!

  8. Burnt Out On F.T. Diarrhea FingersMarch 10, 2013 at 9:54:00 PM CDT

    But, but, Bach vas a Choiman! Nobuddy sez dis? No credit for dat? Ach du lieber! Und he nedder playink no harmonikers, neider.

    Und dere you haf mine indellectuals ting what I sez. I vould writing long fatuous ting what dominates alla yez comment pages but anodder allez beetz me to it, name of Fatz Tinks or sumpin like dat.

  9. Chicken livers. Well, that explains it. Mad Chicken Disease.

  10. FT,
    I haven't had chicken livers in ages. I prefer them coated with corn meal, then fried.

    Black Sheep,
    If there were such a thing as Mad Chicken Disease, every chicken farmer would have it. Hahaha.

  11. How quickly the conversation descends from the edifying to the enervating when the boors descend upon us!

    ---------> Katharine Heartburn

  12. If there was only one composer in the world I would hope it would be Bach. He inspired my interest in music.

    And as much as I like, and have played, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor my favorite Bach organ work is the Passacaglia in C minor:


  13. Mike,
    Passacaglia in C Minor is a masterpiece. No doubt about it.

    When I took Music Appreciation in college, that particular one of Bach's masterpieces was one that we spent a significant amount of time studying.


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