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Old 02-11-2012, 11:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
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One of my very favorite composers, and my favorite if we're going back to his era and the two that surround it (I know they're something like Baroque, Classical, and Romantic, but i don't know the order). Especially his organ pieces. I've heard there's a ton of symbolism in his composition as well, "numerically and religiously."
That is the order, actually. Good job

Yes, Bach used a lot of symbolism in his music. He also used a motif that spelled out his name, in his music - in American notation, the notes are Bb A C B. Of course, Bach was German, and in German notation, Bb is "B" and B is "H". So the motif to him would be the notes B A C H. This is evident in the Art of Fugue and also in the beginning of his Sinfonia in F minor - though the motif is transposed down one whole tone in this piece (it's Ab G Bb A), it's still the same.

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That is the order, actually. Good job

Yes, Bach used a lot of symbolism in his music. He also used a motif that spelled out his name, in his music - in American notation, the notes are Bb A C B. Of course, Bach was German, and in German notation, Bb is "B" and B is "H". So the motif to him would be the notes B A C H. This is evident in the Art of Fugue and also in the beginning of his Sinfonia in F minor - though the motif is transposed down one whole tone in this piece (it's Ab G Bb A), it's still the same.

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Would you mind sharing a few examples?

Also, Art of Fugue is one of my favorite works of his, and it's rather interesting to see that he used a motif to spell out his name. Very clever.
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oh that clever bastard. But how exactly does religious symbolism work in a non lyrical medium? Numerical as well, but i could sort of see that more easily since composition requires time signature writing and whatnot.
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I'm still in awe at The Art of Fugue...

All of the melodies in each Contrapuntus seem so different (almost contrastingly so) and jumbled up, and yet... they still make a completely coherent piece of music. Wonderful mix of complexity, beauty, and innovation. Truly one of the best Baroque-era classical works I have ever listened to.

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Hmm I'd like to get into classical, is this something I should approach as a classical newbie!?
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Would you mind sharing a few examples?

Also, Art of Fugue is one of my favorite works of his, and it's rather interesting to see that he used a motif to spell out his name. Very clever.
Sure, and since you know the Art of Fugue, you will probably know the last Contrapunctus (#14, Fuga a 3 Soggetti, BWV 1080), which was unfinished. The subject of this fugue, which you will hear at the beginning, is the BACH motif. It's amazing that he could just put his signature right into the music!

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Hmm I'd like to get into classical, is this something I should approach as a classical newbie!?
As far as first-timers of Bach are concerned... I would suggest Glenn Gould's cover of the Goldberg Variations. (I speak from experience).
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hey! give me some of those delicous songs from bach!!! XD plssss u have any links??
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hey! give me some of those delicous songs from bach!!! XD plssss u have any links??
Just look up JS Bach on YouTube. Bingo.
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