Monday, 12 March 2012

A-Z of Music - B

OK, so this week's letter is B, and this week's composer is Bach. Now, how many Bachs would you like? The Grandaddy, Johann Sebastian, founded a whole dynasty of little Bachs who followed in his footsteps. Not literally, I hope, as JS Bach once walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lubeck, to hear Buxtehude play the organ!
Bach had 20 children, by two wives, but only 10 survived to adulthood. JC. JCF, and WF were all great composers in their own right, but their father was superlative.

There are over 1,000 known compositions by Johann Sebastian, amongst which are the tremendous Goldberg Variations.

Now, a lot of people find the playing of the late Glenn Gould a little eccentric, but I have always found his renditions of Bach thrilling. So here he, and JS are....

And for the non-classical B, who better than the master of differing identities, David Bowie. Words are not needed here, as, if you've never heard of Bowie, then you must be a time traveller from the distant past.

Here he is in his incarnation as Aladdin Sane:

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