Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Music

Today, on this 11th day of Christmas...

I am sitting here with a cup of coffee in the living room, in my favorite rocking chair, in my robe looking at the lights on the Christmas tree and listening to the rain which may turn to ice here any minute. The dog is laying on the couch cushioned against pillows. She is sound asleep. She is not really supposed to be up there.. but, oh well..

I've been looking around for some Sunday music. Yesterday, while sitting here in this same spot I was blessed by the rousing rendition of the men in my house taking turns reading from Gödel, Escher and Bach by Douglas Hofstedter. My musical selection is based on that. I do like Bach..

16 comments:

LX said...

Did you get 11 Pipers Piping today?

Doom said...

Pipe organ, right? I had thought J. mostly wrote music for that? Oh, I could look it up, but it's more fun to play with memory and see if others know, agree, or can discount, but off hand... then figure out for sure. My mind is lost, often mistaken, and wonders... fun games to try to put the world together sometimes.

I do enjoy Bach. He is the only composer I prefer to play, so far, when I play piano. Gah... reminds me, I need/want a speaker for my Roland e. piano, to start up again. Short, sometimes, his stuff, but... intricate, technical, complex. Even if you don't like Bach, if you play, knowingly or not, you probably used some of his practice methods. No slouch, ol' J. Died too young.

Thanks for the memories, or the call to them...

foam said...

Yeah, Bach composed a lot of organ music, but not solely. For a man of his era though, I'd say he led a rather robust life. He died at the age if 65 after having fathered 22 children. You might be thinking of Mozart who died young or Mendelssohn or Schubert or Hendrix .. :-)

foam said...

Nope, lx, they were rather elusive ..

Doom said...

Ah, okies. But come on, with 4 of 5 dying young... you can see where memory could fail. Been a while since I reviewed their lives.

Now, they didn't have pianos in Bach's time, claviers I believe, and other instruments... some of which do and don't have common use today. So, technically, he couldn't have written piano music.

Just bantering... I could look stuff up but it's more fun to discuss... or such.

foam said...

Doom,
If memory serves, they also had harpsichords during that time, Maybe a spinet. Some of my favorite pieces by Bach are his compositions for cello and violin. I just know this bit of age trivia because my youngest is a whiz in all things concerning baroque music. But you are right, he composed a lot for the organ.

dianne said...

Sounds cosy Foamy dear and yes I am glad the dog was comfy too. I do like Bach, I like some of his compositions for the harpsichord, I have probably heard some of his violin and cello music, I have many Bach CD's in my classical collection.
hugs and keep warm
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

A lovely selection of Bach here dear Foamy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JQm5aSjX6g

63mago said...

One of his composing sons, the "misfit", wrote some pretty pieces, where he goes against the harmonies - I remember that the Bavarian Radio once had a long feature about Sebastian & sons with very speaking examples. It's years ago and I was driving, so could not write something down. Actually I read the old biography by TERRY, I was told it would be the most readable, especially for a musical idiot like me.
Is it a usual thing that GOedelEScherBAch is read aloud in your house ?
You could have a bit of WIttgenstein for breakfast and than move on via NIetzsche for lunch to ST.Thomas' Summa to end a drunken day high on philosophhics. Thank you, I'll pass the HEidegger.

foam said...

Dianne, I have to say I'm doing exactly the same now. This time the sun is shining gloriously. However, it is fridgid out there. Currently our temps are at -13C.. brrrr. It's actually warms up from earlier this morning when temperatures were at minus 18C. Thank you for the selection of Bach! I'm about to turn on some tunes. I think it will be Bach.

Mago,
Yes, I'm familiar with some of those too. No, it is not that usual for G.E.B to be read aloud. However, the segment with the tortoise and achilles was ideal for reading aloud. However, sometimes other things are read aloud. Around Christmas my father in law was wondering what in the heck his one grandson was reading aloud. This youngest son og mine was reading Aristotle to his older brother.
My oldest son has a philosophy degree, btw.
He might be into Wittgenstein for breakfast. My mind is too illogical early in the morning .. well, the rest of the day too... so, although Nietsche might seem the logical choice for lunch, he's out too. As far as St Thomas .. make that the island. I would not mind laying on those beaches right now .. :-D.

Karl said...

Good afternoon Foam,

Happy New Year! A nice piece. Funny I often hear much of his music in strings. There used to be a show called Sunday Baroque. We would listen to the show regularly. Bach was a major part of the show. However they didn't often play his organ pieces. Strings and harpsichord mainly.

foam said...

Karl,
And a Happy New Year to you too! When I think about it, radio shows do seem to focus more on his string pieces, which is funny in a way. During his lifetime, he was famous as an organist. He became famous for his compositions after he passed away.

Karl said...

Yes, I remember something about a book by him or a son about organ music.

Still for his time to have had 22 children. He and his 2 wives should have been famous.

@ Dianne: Thanks for the link. It has made for a most enjoyable listen tonight.

foam said...

Karl,
I wonder how many grew into adulthood. I'm sure many died. Dianne's link did make for some good listening, didn't it..

63mago said...

Here is a timeline of Bach's biography. When I counted it correctly on an Ahnentafel in Terry's book he fathered 20 children; of these 10 died in infancy or younger than three years. He fathered the last child in 1742 aged 57 years when his second wife was in her early forties. She survived him for ten years (I think).

foam said...

Only 20 children? What a slouch .. :-) .. except for his wifes, of course. Thanks for the research and link. I did look at the timeline. He was a busy man.

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