Saturday, February 11, 2006

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


I think that everything that ever needs to be said about Bach has been said, so I'll go right to introducing the CD. Die Kunst Der Fuge, or the Art of the Fugue, is one of the last things Bach ever wrote- some say he dictated the unfinished last section from his deathbed. Bach's farewell work is a flawless example of what he did best, with everything unnecessary kept out. This set of pure fugues is not typical Bach; it was meant for students of music, not for churches or kings. Therefore, there are no flowing pretty melodies. There were not even instruments assigned by Bach to the four parts; the string quartet is an obvious choice for modern performance, though the second violin occasionally must play viola so it can reach all the notes Bach wrote. These fugues are examples of counterpoint at its absolute perfection. The basis for every fugue in the set is just one 8-note theme, but it is sped up, slowed down, inverted, reversed, and everything in between. And the Art of the Fugue is about as daringly dissonant as music got, at least until the mid-1800s. Die Kunst der Fuge is a must-have for any Bach fan, or for anyone interested in music composition at all.


Juilliard String Quartet- Die Kunst Der Fuge- Discs 1 and 2
New link- this one'll work.

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13 Comments:

At February 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter how often I try this is what I get when I try to download Bach:
"Download Limit Exceded
This file exceded daily download limit (1,024.00MB/file). It is temporary unavailable for download."
Any Suggestions?

 
At February 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes.. me too, and now it says it's a dead link... ??

 
At February 12, 2006, Blogger Sam said...

Sorry about this, guys. We tried Upload.sc and it gets a big thumbs down. Rapidshare version will be up shortly.

 
At February 12, 2006, Anonymous Malcolm said...

Thanks Sammy-poo for fufilling my needs....I mean request, ahem.

 
At February 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danke! We love Bach, and we think pretty well of you guys, too, for posting him.

 
At February 13, 2006, Anonymous daga said...

Thanks a lot for the repost in rapidshare!

 
At February 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a Classical music blog.

I like Classical contemporary musicians too (Reich, Nono, Xenakis,Stockhausen...). If possible...

 
At February 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! It works now:Rapidshare works every time - and fast too! Keep up the good work: More real music, please!

 
At February 14, 2006, Blogger Joey said...

I haven't listened to this yet, but I remember about 5 or 6 years ago I saw the Juilliard Quartet play Art of the Fugue at Crowder Hall. Most of what I remember from that was that they were really old and jolly. The 2nd violinist was amazing and had the most awesome tone. In some of the softer variations, he had this sort of flute-like thing going on. I wonder if it's the case in the recording. I'll have to find out when I have time to download this shiznit.

 
At February 20, 2006, Anonymous Jesse said...

Thanks for this post and the others, guys. You're a beacon of hope amongst all the blogs cluttered with comtemporary popular music. I'd like to know the perfomers on this recording if you wouldn't mind.

 
At February 20, 2006, Anonymous Jesse said...

Nevermind i found it. Thanks again!

 
At August 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to post this, and all the other wonderful music on your blog.

Your efforts are really appreciated. Keep up the good work!

TWD

 
At December 14, 2007, Anonymous It's ME, who else! said...

The Link has gone!
Could you Re Uploud it again,please? Thanks!You are good Fellows, Folks!!!

 

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