Great Composers: "Bach Johann Sebastian"

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  1. Click here for a JOLLY rendition of Bach's Prelude in G played in D, "rambunctiousnessimo":

  2. Excellent sentiment …to take his works to other worlds, but people from other worlds know more of Terra's history that we earthlings do…. i.e., a lot of them do.
    I do not know how much the Procyonids or Venusians(4th density), or Pleiadians play Bach. People such as Marcel desMarquet who have visited more advanced worlds have not said much about their music. I think Marcel did though. He certainly was overwhelmed with the exquisite beauty there, including huge butterflies, even centaurs.

  3. Any person who loves music that does not know how to appreciate and has not passed listening to the works of this man is, by far, an ignorant person!

    To come and listen to Bach's music is a celebration of all music!

  4. It's wake up a voice is calling
    Or auf waken ist shtima ruft
    (The German is spelled wrong probably
    Thats how it sounds)

  5. One point made in the documentary was about Bach's influence being very great. Because the "artist as independent hero" idea is so strong, one can forget that the great composers studied harmony and counterpoint and orchestration, etc., just like so many countless others. What makes Bach significant to later composers is his mastery of harmony and counterpoint, and his "best works" might be defined as those which join this mastery to deep emotional expression ("free" if not "romantic"). It seems to me that Bach was a positive influence on later composers in their pursuit of the ballance between the intellectual and emotional in music. Bach has had a performance tradition which was (by definition) contemporary in his lifetime, "early romantic" during that era, "late romantic," then "modernist", and now "period baroque." Bach is surely the most widely arranged composer, from Leopold Stokowski and Elgar, to electronica and jazz. So whatever one's personal opinion of Bach, ot would seem that posterity has spoken.

  6. Feel very privalaged to say BACH is my ancestor going through my German blood line. Having such a enormous musical family, I know how much it meant for him, and how much it means to me when I'm producing. I think I owe it all to him!

  7. wikipedia:: Music_written_in_all_24_major_and_minor_keys
    As early as 1567, Giacomo Gorzanis (c.1520–c.1577) wrote a cycle of 24 passamezzo–saltarello pairs. In 1584, Vincenzo Galilei, the father of the great astronomer Galileo Galilei, wrote a Codex of pieces illustrating the use of all 24 major and minor keys.
    In 1640, Angelo Bartolotti wrote Libro primo di chitarra spagnola, a cycle of passacaglias that moves through all 24 major and minor keys according to the circle of fifths. Also in 1640, Antonio Carbonchi wrote Sonate di chitarra spagnola con intavolatura franzese for guitar.

  8. I admire Bach enormously.  But the kind of hyperbolic statements made by so-called "experts" on this programme are preposterous.  There would not have been a Romantic movement in the 19th century without Bach?!  What does that even mean?  Bach was one of the greatest composer in the history of Western music.  Why isn't that enough?  Why must these talking heads make such pompous overstatements?

  9. What does the comments say in the beginning? Please help – I am so curious! The biologist said he would send Bach to tell foreign civilizations about us on Earth. But he adds something, and the word "posted" may be wrongly transcribed:

    I would send the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but that would be posted.


  10. I thoroughly enjoyed this, up and until 34.40 when it quite suddenly ceased. I thought it was a buffering issue, but now realise its clearly a major problem with video. I echo above sentiments and urge for this to be re-loaded in order that many more can enjoy it also.

  11. When I finished this documentary, I went and gave a bear hug to my father. "What is this for?" asked my old man, since we usually don't hug each other. I responded: "For bringing me up into the western civilization in a country with strong oriental influence. Without it, I would not have been able to fully cherish Bach."
    Thank you my old man! And thank you J. S. Bach for being a cornerstone of our civilization, the western civilization, the greatest civilization ever existed!

  12. That's why you read a few of the comments first. Hopefully, that bit of prevention will help you avoid such "disappointing waste[s] of time" in the future.

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