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Tuesday, February 5th

Yesterday, listening to this while driving to see a client at an outlying jail, I was reminded, again, that hearing the right music at the right time can change your entire day.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Oscar Shumsky (1917-2000), violin, 1979*

 

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*Sonata No. 1 in G minor: 00:01
Partita No. 1 in B minor: 17:04
Sonata No. 2 in A minor: 48:26
Partita No. 2 in D minor: 1:11:43
Sonata No. 3 in C major: 1:43:33
Partita No. 3 in E major: 2:07:17

Saturday, January 19th

what’s new

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, excerpt (Prelude); Yo-Yo Ma (cello), 1/14/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 8th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 1 in G major; Lucia Swarts (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2014

 

Thursday, January 3rd

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Sergey Malov (violoncello de spalla), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2016

 

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lagniappe

reading table

from the hole
in the moneybox . . .
a katydid

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Monday, December 31st

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor; Steuart Pincombe (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2018

 

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lagniappe

radio

WKCR’s Bach Festival, which began the day before Christmas, concludes at midnight.

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 27th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin; Bella Hristova (violin)

first four movements, live (studio), Boston, 2012

 

fifth movement (Chaconne), live, Philadelphia, 2013

 

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lagniappe

radio

WKCR’s Bach Festival (until midnight New Year’s Eve)

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musical thoughts

On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.

—Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), on Bach’s Chaconne, in a letter to Clara Schumann (translated from German)

Wednesday, December 26th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; András Schiff (piano), live, London, 2018

 

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lagniappe

radio

WKCR’s Bach Festival continues through midnight New Year’s Eve.

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musical thoughts

If there is anyone who owes everything to Bach, it is God. Without Bach, God would be a third-rate character.

—Emil Cioran (1911-1995)

Monday, December 24th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor; Hidemi Suzuki (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2017

 

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lagniappe

radio

One of my favorite musical events begins today: the annual Bach Festival on WKCR-FM (Columbia University), where it’ll be all Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve.

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musical thoughts

It may well be that some composers do not believe in God. All of them, however, believe in Bach.

—Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

Tuesday, October 9th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Six Cello Suites (excerpts); Yo-Yo Ma, live, Washington, D.C., 8/17/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other evening, Chicago (riding the Green Line)

Tuesday, September 18th

alone

Brad Mehldau (piano), “Three Pieces After Bach,” live, Paris, 2018

 

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