Sunday, 6 December 2015

J. S. Bach - amazing



Just look/listen at/to this. One line of music only.  Genius.

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    1. Dave Brubeck once proudly claimed that he was the only musician to have played one melody with his right hand, and another with his left. Twat. Bach often not only played two different melodies with each hand, but also another with his feet on the bass pedals of an organ. On top of that - as here - he would play the same melody backwards and forwards simultaneously using both hands, then do the equivalent of playing them upside down on the score sheet too. You have to be an oral mathematician to do that. I don't know if Peter Green compares, really.

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    2. I mean audio, not oral, but I don't know if either is right. Frank Zappa used to be an accountant, and it shows.

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    3. I was listening to this and writing a comment at the same time that I could do it with one hand, which I could, then it became more and more obvious that I couldn't do the rest, so I scrapped the comment and waited until later and I listened to Pete Green on guitair later in the afternoon and thought what a great musician Pete Green is. I found playing the piano with two hands extremely difficult and had to give up.

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  2. I've always had a soft spot for symmetrical musical forms. Haydn had a go.... https://youtu.be/Lm_OLznua6g

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    1. I'll look that up. The beauty of numbers is never so obvious as when applied to music. Us humans love symmetry, it seems, but it is the little a-symmetric flaws in a face which give it a deeper beauty.

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  3. Wonderful animation. Have you read MIDNIGHT IN THE PALACE OF REASON? It deals with the creation of the Musical Offering and is very interesting from so many points of view.

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    1. Evening in the Palace of Reasoning

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    2. Ok, I'll look that up too. (Never misquote book-titles in front of Shawn, Jenny).

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  4. I enjoyed the forming of the Mobius strip; and the music, of course.

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  5. The master himself. Nothing more needs saying.

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