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  • Elephants dance to violin music

    08/27/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 20 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | August 27,2014 | Olivia Rzadkiewicz
    Eleanor Bartsch was performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, during which she played Bach’s Concerto in D Minor. During the performance, she noticed two elephants outside a tent at the back of the Circus World Museum, who seemed to be reacting to the music.
  • Laurie Niles Chris Thile's mandolin concerto comes to life

    04/29/2012 8:52:59 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 16 replies
    Violinist.com ^ | January 27, 2010 | Laurie Niles
    "It took Bach for me to figure out there was something mighty and substantial in classical music," Thile said before the concert, sitting with mandolin in hand, his left foot resting over his right, alongside conductor Jeffrey Kahane. "It always seemed to me that it wasn't grooving – which is very simplistic. It grooves, in a different way. To me, it was a revelation; it was mesmerizing to my core." The desire to learn Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas for violin pushed Thile to teach himself to read music, he said, as learning Bach by ear "was slow-going."
  • Leipzig’s St. Thomas Boys Choir copes with voices deepening at a younger age

    04/09/2012 12:02:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-7-12 | Michael Birnbaum
    LEIPZIG, Germany — For 800 years, the St. Thomas Boys Choir has been filling churches with pure, young voices. Now it’s confronting a confounding phenomenon: Every year, those voices are cracking with teenage angst just a little earlier than before. Other boys choirs have been noticing it, too, as an unrelenting march of puberty sweeps voices into rebellion. Over recent decades, the already-short careers of their sopranos have started to end between six months and a year earlier, challenging them at times such as Easter, for which choral music such as J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion was written with difficult...
  • Scott L. Bach | Good NRA Leadership

    01/25/2012 10:14:07 AM PST · by marktwain
    ammoland.com ^ | 24 January, 2012 | NRA
    Manasquan, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- Freedom rest on our shoulders — let’s stand proud and defend it together”‘ says three term NRA Board member Scott Bach. “If all we have left to muster is sheer force of will and bold intention, we will always find a way to defend freedom – always.” These words embody the spirit of a tenacious Second Amendment activist, who has devoted more than a decade to defending gun rights both nationally and on the “front lines” of the Northwest – where politicians who control government are hostile to firearms freedoms. As president of the Association of New...
  • The Greatest [Top Ten Composers of all time revealed!]

    01/23/2011 1:38:09 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 160 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times Blog ^ | January 21, 2011 | ANTHONY TOMMASINI
    HERE goes. This article completes my two-week project to select the top 10 classical music composers in history, not including those still with us. Left, 1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). From top left, 2. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), 3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 — 91). 4. Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828). From middle left, 5. Claude Achille Debussy (1862 — 1918), 6. Igor Stravinsky (1882 — 1971), 7. Johannes Brahms (1833 — 97). From bottom left, 8. Giuseppe Verdi (1813 — 1901), 9. Richard Wagner (1813 — 83), 10. Bela Bartok (1881 — 1945). I am about to reveal my list,...
  • The Greatest [Who were the top ten composers of all time?]

    01/09/2011 7:12:24 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 141 replies
    NY Times Blog ^ | January 7, 2011 | ANTHONY TOMMASINI
    YOU know that a new year has truly arrived when critics stop issuing all those lists of the best films, books, plays, recordings and whatever of the year gone by. These lists seem to be popular with readers, and they stir up lively reactions. snip... Yet in other fields, critics and insiders think bigger. Film institutes periodically issue lists of the greatest films of all time. (“Citizen Kane” seems to have a lock on the top spot.) Rock magazines routinely tally the greatest albums ever. And think of professional tennis, with its system of rankings, telling you exactly which player...
  • AmeriCorps Inspector General Shredded White House Documents at Request of Agency’s Spokeswoman

    11/12/2009 8:14:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 2,087+ views
    AmeriCorps Inspector General Shredded White House Documents at Request of Agency’s Spokeswoman Thursday, November 12, 2009 By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer (CNSNews.com) – The acting inspector general of AmeriCorps said he shredded White House documents at the request of an agency press spokeswoman that pertained to the controversial firing of the previous inspector general, who was ousted after investigating a political ally of President Obama. The e-mail message from agency spokeswoman Ranit Schmelzer seemed urgent, as she wrote: “WH documents were sent in error. Can you please destroy them? And can you confirm you receive this e-mail?” Acting IG Kenneth...
  • 'Lost' music instrument recreated [the Lituus]

    05/31/2009 7:13:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 1,191+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Pallab Ghosh
    New software has enabled researchers to recreate a long forgotten musical instrument called the Lituus. The 2.4m (8ft) long trumpet-like instrument was played in Ancient Rome but fell out of use some 300 years ago. Bach's motet (a choral musical composition) "O Jesu Christ, meins lebens licht" was one of the last pieces of music written for the Lituus. Now, for the first time, this 18th Century composition has been played as it should have been heard... the Lituus produced a piercing trumpet-like sound interleaving with the vocals. Until now, no one had a clear idea of what this...
  • Whatever happened to Daisy Duke

    04/17/2009 12:40:02 PM PDT · by Justaham · 110 replies · 14,050+ views
    4-17-09
    Catherine Bach has traded her daisy dukes for a pair of Jessica Simpson mom jeans. The 55-year-old former "Dukes of Hazzard" star filled up her tank in L.A. yesterday. Daisy Duke's got gas, y'all.
  • March 21, 2009 - 324th Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach

    03/21/2009 4:46:55 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 57 replies · 1,257+ views
    BBC (Wikipedia) ^ | n/a | n/a
    Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 [O.S. 21 March] – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation in composition for diverse instrumentation, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France. Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works...
  • When Hooligans Bach Down: Strike up Johann Sebastian and watch them scatter

    01/30/2009 4:35:24 PM PST · by mojito · 35 replies · 1,393+ views
    City Journal ^ | 1/29/2009 | Theodore Darlrymple
    Staying recently in a South Yorkshire town called Rotherham—described in one guidebook as “murky,” an inadequate word for the place—I was interested to read in the local newspaper how the proprietors of some stores are preventing hooligans from gathering outside to intimidate and rob customers. They play Bach over loudspeakers, and this disperses the youths in short order; they flee the way Count Dracula fled before holy water, garlic flowers, and crucifixes. The proprietors had previously tried a high-pitched noise generator whose mosquito-like whine only those younger than 20 could detect. This method, too, proved effective, but the owners abandoned...
  • Will there ever be another Glenn Gould?

    09/25/2007 4:38:33 AM PDT · by sitetest · 32 replies · 439+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | September 23, 2007 | John Terauds
    More has been said and written about Glenn Gould than about any other classical musician of the 20th century. The late pianist and broadcaster is classical music's Elvis, growing larger in death than he was in an already public life. Only instead of Elvis's kitsch factor, he had a peculiar geek factor. Instead of helping popularize a new kind of music, like Elvis with rock 'n' roll, Gould made an old kind of music sound new again. As we approach what would have been his 75th birthday on Tuesday – and the 25th anniversary of his death on Oct. 4...
  • Bach to the Future: Why Johann Sebastian appeals to moderns

    02/22/2007 12:35:59 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 53 replies · 930+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 02/26/2007 | George B. Stauffer
    Johann Sebastian Bach Life and Work by Martin Geck Translated by John Hargraves Harcourt, 752 pp., $40 J.S. Bach A Life in Music by Peter Williams Cambridge, 418 pp., $35 It was the biologist and popular author Lewis Thomas, writing in Lives of a Cell, who proposed that mankind use Bach's music to say hello to any sentient life in the universe. Thomas recommended beaming Bach--all of Bach--into outer space, over and over again, so that if by chance another civilization were to tune in, mankind would have put the best possible face on the encounter. If extraterrestrials do indeed...
  • Bach to Bach: Two books examine the composers life and art

    02/03/2007 10:10:47 AM PST · by billorites · 13 replies · 233+ views
    BookForum ^ | February/March 2007 | Paul Griffiths
    A note sounds. Then it sounds again. But everything has changed. Not only is the note colored by a different resonance the second time around, but featureless time has been marked with the beginnings of a grid. The one note at the start defined only a before and an after. The second discloses a pulse. In accordance with this pulse, a third sound appears, but up a step, encouraging the accompaniment—which has not drawn attention to itself so far—to move conversely down. We have reached only the beginning of the second measure of the Goldberg Variations and already a process...
  • Previously Unknown Bach Work Discovered

    08/31/2006 6:58:17 AM PDT · by ecurbh · 30 replies · 639+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | Thursday, August 31, 2006 | STEPHEN GRAHAM
    BERLIN — A previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach has turned up in a crate of 18th-century birthday cards removed from a German library shortly before it was devastated by fire last year, researchers said Wednesday. Experts say the work for soprano and string or keyboard accompaniment, composed for a German duke's birthday, is the first new music from the renowned composer to surface in 30 years. Researcher Michael Maul from the Bach Archiv foundation found the composition, dated October 1713, in May in the eastern city of Weimar. The Leipzig-based foundation said there was no doubt about the authenticity of...
  • Bach works were written by his second wife, claims academic

    04/24/2006 8:01:14 AM PDT · by sitetest · 108 replies · 1,817+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 23, 2006 | Barbie Dutter in Sydney and Roya Nikkhah
    Famous works attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach were not penned by the great composer but by his second wife, researchers believe. A study by an academic who has spent more than 30 years looking at Bach's work claims that Anna Magdalena Bach, traditionally believed to be Bach's musical copyist, actually wrote some of his best-loved works, including his Six Cello Suites. Martin Jarvis, a professor at Charles Darwin University School of Music in Darwin and the conductor of the city's symphony orchestra, said that "a number of books would need to be rewritten" after presenting his findings to a Bach...
  • Juilliard given rare manuscripts

    03/01/2006 5:57:30 AM PST · by Renderofveils · 19 replies · 403+ views
    BBC ^ | 01 March 2006
    Original manuscripts by Bach, Mozart and Brahms form part of a 139-item collection of sheet music donated to the Juilliard School in New York. The artefacts - donated by collector Bruce Kovner, chairman of the music acedemy's board - will be housed in a reading room from September 2009. Highlights include working manuscripts of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 9. School president Joseph Polisi said it was "by its very definition priceless". A lifelong music lover, Kovner began collecting manuscripts more than 10 years ago when he noticed a flow of rare artefacts coming onto the...
  • Recently Discovered Bach Aria to Be Performed in Weimar in September

    08/13/2005 9:25:09 AM PDT · by sitetest · 73 replies · 742+ views
    Agence France-Presse via Andante ^ | August 2, 2005 | Unknown
    A recently discovered aria by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) is to receive its first-ever modern performance in Weimar at the beginning of September, organisers of the city's Kunstfest said yesterday. German soprano Juliane Banse will perform the hitherto unkown work, discovered this year in the archives of the famous Anna-Amalia Library in Weimar, on September 3 in the ceremonial ballroom of Weimar's Residenzschloss palace. Banse will be accompanied by Hungarian pianist András Schiff on harpsichord and the French-Austrian string quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques. The two-page handwritten aria, entitled "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" ("Everything with God and nothing without...
  • Practide, Man, Practice

    08/10/2005 8:42:32 AM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies · 338+ views
    I AM Spirit ^ | Recently | Tim Phares, RScP
    When I was a boy, my parents used to enjoy a comedian named Ronnie Graham. One of his jokes was, "The other day a cat came up to me and said, 'How do I get to Carnegie Hall?' and I said 'Practice, man, practice.' This other cat came up to me and said, 'Meow.' He was a real cat." We talk a lot in our movement about spiritual practices. I am a Religious Science Practitioner; the root word of Practitioner is practice. But why do we practice? Ernest Holmes said that a central concept of our movement is "Perfect God,...
  • German Researchers Discover Previously Unknown J.S. Bach Composition

    06/08/2005 7:01:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies · 814+ views
    AP - Tampa Bay Online.com ^ | 08 June 2005 | By Stephen Graham Associated Press Writer
    BERLIN (AP) - Experts have discovered a previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach in a German library, a research foundation devoted to the composer said Wednesday. Historians found the aria in May in the Anna Amalia Library in the eastern city of Weimar, the Bach Archiv foundation said on its Web site. There was no doubt about the authenticity of the handwritten, two-page score, dated October 1713, Leipzig-based the foundation said. It was the first unknown vocal work by Bach to surface since the discovery of the single-movement cantata fragment "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" (BWV 200) in 1935,...
  • Today is the 320th Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach

    03/21/2005 7:24:25 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 71 replies · 1,869+ views
    WGMS - Washington, DC's Classical 103.5 ^ | March 2005 | James Bartel
    The Old Master By James Bartel With his first wife Maria Barbara, his soulmate as history tells us, Sebastian Bach fathered seven children. The first child was a daughter, Catharina. A pair of twins died within days. The final son died within a year. Months later, Maria Barbara succumbed to disease. Bach was then 35 and engaged in the full awakening of his genius. His workload was Herculean and mounting, and now there were five children at home without a mother, the oldest being 12. Staggered by grief, Bach shouldered on. Hear the Old Master speak: "I was obliged to...
  • The Turbo touch (Israeli Attorney General nominee blocked for business ties)

    12/11/2003 10:18:52 AM PST · by anotherview · 183+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11 December 2003
    Dec. 11, 2003 The Turbo touch The panel entrusted with the task of choosing a new attorney-general earlier in the week disqualified Justice Minister Yosef Lapid's candidate, Yoram Turbowicz, seemingly on a technicality. In fact, the commission's motives went deeper. Much was made of the fact that the committee nixed Turbowicz because by its count he hadn't spent the minimum time required – 10 years – in legal practice. By Turbowicz's own reckoning it was a full dozen years. But to quibble over these details is to miss the point. The committee never got to seriously deliberate Turbowicz's credentials, nor...
  • Wonderful streaming audio of Bach organ music--NOW

    08/17/2003 7:51:55 PM PDT · by ArcLight · 9 replies · 392+ views
    NPR ^ | 8/17/2003 | JS Bach
    Apropos of nothing much, I thought some others would want to listen to the lovely music at this link. It's Bach organ music--lovely stuff for wrapping up a Sunday.
  • Rosalyn Tureck, Pianist Specializing in Bach, Dies at 88

    07/19/2003 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Argh · 14 replies · 354+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2003 | ALLAN KOZINN
    Rosalyn Tureck, a pianist and harpsichordist who played an important part in the revival of interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and who devoted more than six decades to performing, researching, teaching and writing about his works, died on Thursday at her home in Riverdale, the Bronx. She was 88. Ms. Tureck, born in Chicago, spent many years living in London, where she acquired a regal bearing and the hint of an upper-crust British accent. She was as comfortable in literary and scientific circles as in musical ones, and was ahead of her time in arguing for a...