Some might say that the only good thing about Christmas is that one can bask in Bach. Whatever your reasons for exploring this blog, I can’t help regarding his music as an essential basis of our cultural experience!
Apart from all the musical riches to be found elsewhere online (not lest Radio 3, like here), I’m revisiting my blogposts, so here are some highlights from the extensive Bach tag in the sidebar—mediated by my, um, eccentric take:
- A good place to start, with context, is Bach—and Daoist ritual
- Obviously I feel personally committed to The Feuchtwang variations, following this experiment
- Easter Passions, saeta in Andalucia, and concurrent Chinese rituals—including Erbarme dich (also here and here)
- More on the John Passion
- The Christmas oratorio, in a disturbing article on Nazism
- The stunning keyboard break in Brandenburg 5, and this related post
- The double violin concerto, cello suites, and violin suites in world context
- The orchestral suites
- And this is but a smattering of the most sumptuous oboe solos ever
- Bach on film
- Less reverently, impertinent fantasies on the Matthew Passion and the B minor Mass, and even this.