Thursday, December 08, 2005

BWV 232: Mass in b minor

Coming from a Lutheran background, and being a baroque sort of guy in my own musical performing, studies, and enjoyment, I'm naturally predisposed to JS Bach's music, both secular and sacred.

I'd talk about his organ works, but right now I'm listening to his famous b minor Mass, BWV 232. If you've never heard the Mass before, you might find it worth while to spend the $15 or so to find a copy on CD. [My version is the Naxos version.]

It is very uplifting, and, like much of Bach's sacred music, one feels a bit more sanctified from having listened to it. Also, one never gets tired of hearing this music. It makes working at the computer while doing humdrum computer things a much more pleasant experience!

As an added PP treat, here's a picture that is believed to be of a younger JS Bach. I also note with a certain puckishness that Bach had other things on his mind than music. With his first wife Maria Barbara, he had some six or seven children. After she passed away in 1720, Bach married Anna Magdalena in 1721, and they reportedly had another thirteen children. Therefore, Bach's rather prolific passions were not, shall we say discreetly, limited to musical desires!


Blogger steve said...

Greatest piece of music ever. Whets your appetite for all the additional stuff Bach has been composing since his heavenly promotion.

Friday, December 09, 2005 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Maybe Bach went punk in the late 1970's and then shifted into New Wave in the early 1980's.

Just a hunch.

Friday, December 09, 2005 4:42:00 PM  

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