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2016-10-09 Notes from the Bench — All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Friends of Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 10, 2016

“Toccata in D minor ‘Dorian’” by Johann Sebastian Bach A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is one of the great musical geniuses of all time and among most influential composers of western music history. His music represents the pinnacle of the high-baroque style. […]

via 2016-10-09 Notes from the Bench — All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Friends of Music

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Bach’s double violin concerto – as played by Grappelli/South/Reinhardt

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 16, 2016

Bach: Endlessly Rising Modulation Canon (with score!)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 1, 2016
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Anderson & Roe Piano Duo – Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue | BACH

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 21, 2016

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Mischa Maisky, Cello – Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 14, 2015

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1. Prelude – 0:00
2. Allermande – 2:45
3. Courante – 7:09
4. Sarabande – 9:47
5. Menuet I / II – 13:41
6. Gigue – 17:38

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JS Bach Complete Lute Works,Konrad Junghanel

Posted in Instruments by Higher Density Blog on September 7, 2015
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NPR – The Goldberg Variations with Jeremy Denk – Variation No. 18, 25

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 27, 2015
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Bach/Rachmaninoff, Suite from the Violin Partita in E (BWV 1006)

Posted in Music Animation by Higher Density Blog on August 10, 2015

Glenn Gould 1932 – 1982 Bach French Suites

Posted in Composers by Higher Density Blog on July 27, 2015
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Bach Magnificat – Gloria Partri

Posted in Composers by Higher Density Blog on July 12, 2015
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Glenn Gould plays Bach

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on April 26, 2015

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Bach: “Air on the G String” Harmonic Analysis

Posted in Music Theory by Higher Density Blog on April 5, 2015

Bach – Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Posted in Bach JS, Choir, Orchestra by Higher Density Blog on December 23, 2014

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Bach – D Minor Prelude, WTC, bk. 1 – Harmonic Analysis

Posted in Bach JS, Education, Music Analysis by Higher Density Blog on October 4, 2014

Byron Weigel Music Theory

Key are shown above the piano keyboard. D minor is the main key, but the music is sometimes in other, closely-related keys (F Major, Bb Major, A minor, G minor).
Non-Harmonic Tones are colored fuchsia.

Bach – A Passionate Life – A Documentary

Posted in Bach JS, Documentary by Higher Density Blog on September 17, 2014

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The famous portrait of Bach portrays a grumpy 62-year-old man in a wig and formal coat, yet his greatest works were composed 20 years earlier in an almost unrivalled blaze of creativity.
Gardiner reveals a convivial family man at the same time a rebellious spirit struggling with the hierarchies of state and church who wrote timeless music that is today known world-wide.
(From the UK, in English and German) (Masterpiece) (Documentary)

Hungarian Brass Quintet – Vivaldi Bach Concerto

Posted in Brass Instruments, Quintet by Higher Density Blog on August 31, 2014

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Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 7, 2014

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Bach’s most famous organ piece, with a bar-graph score.
FAQ

Q: Where can I get free sheet music for this piece?
A: Sheet music for this can be found here:
http://tinyurl.com/243oyo

Q: Who wrote Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor?
Q: Isn’t that like asking who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?
A: Heh-heh. A theory has recently (1981) been put forth that J. S. Bach did not write this piece. A brief summary of the supporting evidence for this theory can be read here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toccata_…

Q: Where can I get the mp3 of this?
A: You can download it here:
http://www.musanim.com/mp3/BachToccat…

Q: What does the piece look like as a whole?
A: There are versions you can print out here
http://www.musanim.com/printouts
The ‘scroll’ version is for cutting out and taping together to form a long strip.

Q: Where can I get the MIDI file that this was made from?
A: I’m not sure it’s exactly the same, but the closest I could find was this:
http://www.musanim.com/mid/ToccataAnd…

Q: How did you make this video?
A: You can read about it here:
http://www.musanim.com/ProductionNote…

Q: What is the BWV number for this?
A: BWV 565

Q: Where does the toccata end and the fugue begin?
A: The fugue starts at 2:51 and the toccata returns at 7:12, but between these two points, parts which are strictly fugal alternate with episodes that are more toccata-like, so it’s not 100% clear-cut (like in some other toccata/fugue pairs he wrote).

Q: What do the colors mean?
A: Each “stop” on the organ was played on a separate MIDI channel, and each MIDI channel was assigned a color.

Q: What is a fugue?
A: Here is a good introduction:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugue

Q: Can I get a DVD with this video (or others like it)?
A: Yes:
http://www.musanim.com/mam/video.html

Q: Could you please do a video of _________?
A: See:
http://www.musanim.com/requests/

Q: Where can I read more about this piece?
A: Here are a couple of places:
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/ViewersGui…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toccata_…

Q: Why does this piece of music remind me of horror movies?
A: Because it was used in the 1962 version of The Phantom of the Opera. Before that, it did not have that connotation. When Walt Disney and Leopold Stokowski used it in the 1940 film Fantasia, they considered it to be a purely abstract piece — “absolute music” — which brought to mind expressionistic forms and lines.

Bach – Ricercar a 6 – Music Animation

Posted in Bach JS, Comp Process, Counterpoint, Fugue by Higher Density Blog on July 27, 2014

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Six-voice ricercar from J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering, BWV 1079
FAQ

Q: What is a ricercar?
A: See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricercar

Q: Is this the most significant piano work of the last millennium?
A: At least one person thinks so:
http://tinyurl.com/RosenOnBachsSixVoi…

Q: What instrument is that?
A: It’s two instruments, actually: a harpsichord and an organ. The harpsichord is Atema’s “Pristine Harpsichord” (with all stops on); the organ is two Ahlborn-Galanti Archiv modules, using the following stops (in order from the top voice):
Prinzipal 8′
Cor Anglais 8′
Quintade 8′
Flauto Mirabilis 8′
Prinzipal 8′ + Gedackt 8′
Ophicleide 16′ (up an octave so that it’s at pitch)

Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this?
A: Here is Bach’s autograph …
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/bwv1079m2_…
… and here is a modern version …
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/bwv1079m2.pdf

Bach concerto for 4 pianos – Transcription of Vivaldi Concerto for 4 Violins

Posted in Bach JS, Classical, Composers, Music, Orchestra, Piano, Violin, Vivalsi by Higher Density Blog on July 22, 2014

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Bach – Ascension Oratorio – Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Posted in Bach JS, Choir, Music by Higher Density Blog on February 5, 2014

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J. S. Bach’s Ascension Oratorio (Sir John Eliot Gardiner , 2013)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Hannah Morrison soprano, Proms debut artist
Meg Bragle mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Peter Harvey bass
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists (pre-1977, Monteverdi Orchestra)
London, PROMS 2013
Royal Albert Hall …

The Ascension Oratorio features an alto aria that mirrors the curves of the Agnus Dei from Bach’s Mass in B minor.
The ensembles that took Bach’s cantatas to 14 countries in their Bach Pilgrimage of 2000 return to the Royal Albert Hall for a Late Night Prom.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, 70 this year, directs the internationally renowned Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists.

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