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Old 04-03-2011, 01:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I normally don't dig Baroque music, but there are exceptions even for me!

JS Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 is ace, and the harpsichord solo is balling.


Vivaldi's double cello concerto is pretty sweet too.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I was sort of raised by Baroque music and I absolutely love it. My dad didn't really like TV so he would sit me down in front of his speakers and played this stuff (his favorite music) when he wanted me to leave him alone.

I don't have much to add to the collection here on this thread but there's also another thread here that's worth checking out if Baroque music turns you on.
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:33 AM   #13 (permalink)
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^ I'm glad you like it. The Hispanic Baroque is very interesting. It has influences from popular music (from both sides of the Atlantic) and Italian composers (through the Kingdom of Naples). And musicians who lived or were born in the Americas found inspiration in the exuberant nature of the continent (all that colourful flora and fauna must be stunning to any sensitive person).

* And these are two 18th-century anonymous sonatas. From Chiquitos (nowadays in Bolivia):

I especially liked this anonymous sonata...my favorite of all these Hispanic Baroque pieces you posted, Zaqarbal. The fact that it is anonymous makes it somehow more beautiful to me...since the music is all we'll know of this person who wrote it. That's not a bad gift to leave to life in one's absence.

I imagine the flora would inspire sensitive people, just like you say! I know when I last went to Arizona and saw all the cacti flowering and all sorts of plants I'd never seen before or had a chance to study closely, I was delighted. I felt as if I were in a different world. The variety and the wildness of it were much more stirring than Iowa's monotonous fields of corn and beans, peaceful as they may be.

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Burning Down, I love this Bach prelude, the first one, the easiest one...the only one I can play ...and, I feel, the most beautiful.

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I was sort of raised by Baroque music and I absolutely love it. My dad didn't really like TV so he would sit me down in front of his speakers and played this stuff (his favorite music) when he wanted me to leave him alone.

I don't have much to add to the collection here on this thread but there's also another thread here that's worth checking out if Baroque music turns you on.
My dad is devoted to Bach music, Engine. The older he gets, the more he is stirred and impressed by Bach's great conceptual and musical abilities. So I grew up listening to my dad practicing various Bach piano pieces as I drifted off to sleep. I didn't really feel drawn to them myself, but I liked that *he* liked and valued them. That's nice that your dad's desire for privacy at least led to you hearing music you love!
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