Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Classic Kenz

Ant Jean was on the line. "So what did you do at school today, Kenz?"
"Um, we did music."
"You did? What kind of music?"
"What kind???" Ant Jean asked.
"BAAA K, " repeated Kenz.
"I gotta go now."
Ant Jean said a quick good-bye and hung up.
I think she thought Kenz was fooling around, wasting cell minutes, or maybe she thought there was static on the line.
I pushed the end button on my cell, then asked Kenz, "Who is BAAAAK?"

She ran to her backpack and brought back a pink construction paper book. She set it on the counter and turned the pages. From a magazine print she had cut and pasted a small picture of the face of Bach. The next picture was Beethoven, then Chopin, then ... I don't remember. I must get that book from my daughter's house.

Yikes! Nana better do her homework.
Today's music selection is Brandenburg Concerto #2 by Bach. Below is what I dug up at Wikipedia. (Easy digging btw)

Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced [joˈhan/ˈjoːhan zeˈbastjan ˈbax]) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) 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.[citation needed] 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 musical forces, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.
Revered for their intellectual depth and technical and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos; the Goldberg Variations; the English Suites, French Suites, Partitas, and Well-Tempered Clavier; the Mass in B Minor; the St. Matthew Passion; the St. John Passion; The Musical Offering; The Art of Fugue; the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo; the Cello Suites; more than 200 surviving cantatas; and a similar number of organ works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
While Bach's fame as an organist was great during his lifetime, he was not particularly well-known as a composer. His adherence to Baroque forms and contrapuntal style was considered "old-fashioned" by his contemporaries, especially late in his career when the musical fashion tended towards Rococo and later Classical styles. A revival of interest and performances of his music began early in the 19th century, and he is now widely considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition.


Angeline said...

*laugh* So it was BACH!!!! I knew she wasn't fooling around, but I was digging my swallow brain, what sounded like BAAAA KKKK?! *LAUGH*

Kim's Mom said...

LOL That is too cute!

Very cool that she's learning about the great composers.

Oh how I wish we had something beyond dial-up available to us so I could hear the music! I can hear just enough to tell I'd love it. Then again, if I could hear it, I probably wouldn't ever want to leave! LOL

Kim's Mom said...

Connie. Please stop by my blog to pick up your award, for which I feel you are so deserving.

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