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Happy Birthday, Bach


J.S. Bach, Public Domain
J.S. Bach, Public Domain

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685.


J.S. Bach, a German composer and musician of the late Baroque period is known for his broad offerings of orchestral music, including but not limited to the Brandenburg Concertos.


His well-known instrumental compositions, such as the Cello Suites, have been a great source of joy and solitude for many. As an amateur cellist, I will admit that the Cello Suites had a hand in my decision to study and play the cello later in life.


Since the 19th century, Bach has been regarded as one of the most prominent composers in the history of Western music. He was remarkable— a gift to the world. For his music to be played with so much love and respect, three hundred and thirty-eight years later, I think he deserves a cake.

When my children were younger, living on our farm and engaged in our homeschool, we celebrated famous composers. As active musicians, we often acknowledged these events by performing music and sometimes baking a cake.

It was customary for us to read and write about these masters as a way of honoring and learning. It is one thing to pick up your instrument and play and another to consider the composer and his life circumstances and comprehend the possible inner workings of such geniuses. We cannot honestly know because we were not present.

However, acknowledgment is vital—examining the life and times and the creation process of various compositions. Connecting the musical, historical, and social dots brings more clarity and depth of meaning to the music itself. It is a way to broaden the experience while mingling our creative souls throughout the ages. In honor of Bach’s 338th birthday, I share ‘Sarabanda’ from Cello Suite No. 1 by J. S. Bach. Shelby Trevor, Violin (2023 version). © 2023


4 commenti


smartierana-8
smartierana-8
22 mar 2023

The world of classical music would be much depleted without his works and influence. If one cannot thank the man in person we can play it, if able to, or at least make the time to listen.

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Mj Pettengill
Mj Pettengill
22 mar 2023
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Absolutely! When we listen to or perform various pieces of music, we are honoring the composers (and ourselves). This is essential in living to the fullest extent of our humanness. Thank you. 🙏🏼

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Barbara Sinclair
Barbara Sinclair
22 mar 2023

Artists bring so much to the world and are often underappreciated - in every genre. I never had any music instruction in school, and it has always felt like a huge void to me. Shelby's music goes straight to the 💗. Thanks for sharing, MJ. xo

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Mj Pettengill
Mj Pettengill
22 mar 2023
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Underappreciated, absolutely. Or many believe that it is more of a hobby than a calling and life's purpose. As a species, we still have a ways to go. ;-)

Thank you... 💜

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