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.
Learning to Listen: Brandenburg Concertos Today, we'll hear three of the six Brandenburg Concertos, written by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Brandenburg Concertos are excellent examples of music from the Baroque Era.September 30, 2013
Regional Spotlight - Yulianna Avdeeva In this week's Regional Spotlight, Yulianna Avdeeva performs the Overture from the Partita in b minor by J.S. Bach from a Frederic Chopin Society recital this past May.August 16, 2012
Bach Playlist: The Brandenburgs Bach wrote his six Brandenburg Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Ludwig, possibly hoping to secure employment in the margrave's court. Lacking the necessary virtuosic players, the margrave never heard the concertos, and the manuscripts weren't published until 1850, one-hundred years after Bach's death.June 16, 2012
Harp, Not Harpsichord, in Bach's Sonatas A new Bach disc combines violin with an instrument that Bach himself rarely used -- the harp. Its gradations of loud and soft add a new dimension to the performance of these pieces.April 3, 2012
"Before Bach's Birthday" Bash Plan ahead to participate in the "Before Bach's Birthday" Bash on March 17, 2012, a sequence of five hour-long all-Bach performance events at four Minneapolis churches, featuring organists, pianists, singers and other instrumentalists in advance celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's 327th Birthday (which comes on Wednesday, March 21)March 17, 2012
Regional Spotlight: Bach and Jazz Paul Boehnke, the music director of the Bach Society of Minnesota, has an adventurous palate. "Take a sweet piece of fruit on one hand and it's sweet. Take a pungent cheese on the other and it's pungent. If you put the two together you get something brand new!" The Bach Society was joined by a team of well-known jazz musicians from the twin cities in a session at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to reprise a program titled: Bach and Jazz. Their sweet/pungent performances are in this week's Regional Spotlight.February 23, 2012
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