Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) came from an already well-known family of musicians, a fact easily forgotten given his titanic talent and extensive output. It wasn't enough for Johann Sebastian to master the art of counterpoint (how two or more notes interact); he found humorous, creative and innovative ways to create music in an era gridlocked with compositional rules and expectations. From the seemingly simple Inventions and Sinfonias to the size and depth of St. Matthew's Passion, Johann Sebastian's music still baffles, intrigues and impresses composers, performers and listeners. We are collecting music, coverage and news about Bach from around Classical MPR and our affiliated programs. Have a look (and listen) and enjoy.
Bach's Life and Work
Stories about Bach, and the music he created.
New Classical Tracks - Musical Speech: The Poetry of Bach and Schubert Pianist Simone Dinnerstein's love of Bach is a constant. And on her latest recording, she once again returns to Bach's musical world. But this time, she also chose to include music by another of her favorite composers: Franz Schubert. The music she chose to record has a beautiful and very communicative quality, and she wanted those qualities to represented by the title of the new release: Something Almost Being Said.February 15, 2012
New Classical Tracks - Air, The Bach Album On Anne Akiko Meyers' latest release, titled, "Air, A Bach Album," which celebrates the music of Bach, she experimented with a technique familiar to the world of popular music.February 8, 2012
SymphonyCast presents J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio For the holiday, the first three parts of Johann Sebastian Bach's beloved Christmas Oratorio - from Dresden, where an annual performance of this inspired music is a treasured tradition. Tune in on Sunday, December 25 at 1:00 p.m. to hear this joyful work.December 23, 2011
New Classical Tracks Encore - Bach's Oboe In work after work, J. S. Bach gave wonderful solo parts to the oboe. On a new disc, those concertos are gathered together by a master soloist and musician, Heinz Holliger.October 25, 2011
New Classical Tracks - Bach's Oboe In work after work, J. S. Bach gave wonderful solo parts to the oboe. On a new disc, those concertos are gathered together by a master soloist and musician, Heinz Holliger.August 9, 2011
Bach's St. Matthew's Passion It may be the greatest work in all of Western Music -- St. Matthew's Passion -- premiered Good Friday in 1727 and then entirely forgotten for 100 years until Mendelssohn revived it. Alison Young is your host this Good Friday at 10 a.m. of Bach's masterpiece. You can follow along with the original score online.April 21, 2011
Party on Saturday for Johann Bach's Birthday is Monday and we celebrate all day this Saturday with a cycle of free hour-long concerts at five Saint Paul churches.March 18, 2011
Sellar Stages Bach
Peter Sellars stages Bach's St. Matthew Passion in a new DVD from the Berlin Philharmonic
How I Like My Bach
I was preparing for an interview and, naturally, I got pulled into that Internet vortex - listening to recordings and watching videos of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites. There are dozens of videos. Dozens and dozens and dozens.
This is a fascinating visualization of the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suites. I like how it shows the chordal and melodic structure in a whole different way; the musical line forming the broken chords and flowing into the melody is...
Walk or roll for Bach
"Who's the greatest classical composer of them all?" asks Rob Hubbard of the Pioneer Press. If you agree that it's the guy celebrating a birthday Saturday with 324 candles on his cake, then put your walking shoes on (or maybe...
Oops, Bach did it again.
Fugue (fyoog) n. 1. Music An imitative polyphonic composition in which a theme or themes are stated successively in all of the voices of the contrapuntal structure. 2. Psychiatry A pathological amnesiac condition during which one is apparently conscious of...
Baroque 'n' roll
You may have read the news that former members of the band Procol Harum are fighting over authorship of the organ melody in their 1967 hit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale." You have to wonder about the grounds for the...
Classical Music and Video Game Music
My first love has always been classical music. Maybe cats. But probably classical music. A runner-up would be video games. I feel like I got pretty lucky once games started recording orchestral soundtracks. I remember the first time I heard...