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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Actually, most of the recommendations in this thread have been refreshingly modern, many by performers who are (gasp) still living and performing.
    Yes, and I was not thinking of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    That's one opinion. Mine is that after listening to my musical soul-mate Bach for over 60 years, I don't totally understand the man or his music. I just don't see how it would be possible.
    She didn't say totally, she said truly. The truth, but not necessarily the whole truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    She didn't say totally, she said truly. The truth, but not necessarily the whole truth.
    You sound like a typical politician.

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    Matthew, it would be helpful if you would tell us your favorite instruments; musical forms; composers; a bit of your experience with vocal music; and, do you yourself play an instrument.

    There is something that I keep hearing/reading, but have never read here on TC. I have now heard two composers and Anthony Tommasini say that Bach's Harmonized Chorales as pulbished by G. Schirmer and Riemenschneider are masterpieces of harmonization and have long-been recommended as practice for all composers (musicians?) to play repeatedly and assimilate Bach's compositional genius.

    I hesitated to bring this up here on TC because of the serialists' over-representation in American universities--so whole generations may not have ever been made aware of Bach's genius in this way.

    Were/are you a music student at the university level? Have you ever been told this re/ the Riemenschneider Bach? If not, you might want to buy a copy and play one every day. IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    Matthew, it would be helpful if you would tell us your favorite instruments; musical forms; composers; a bit of your experience with vocal music; and, do you yourself play an instrument.

    There is something that I keep hearing/reading, but have never read here on TC. I have now heard two composers and Anthony Tommasini say that Bach's Harmonized Chorales as pulbished by G. Schirmer and Riemenschneider are masterpieces of harmonization and have long-been recommended as practice for all composers (musicians?) to play repeatedly and assimilate Bach's compositional genius.

    I hesitated to bring this up here on TC because of the serialists' over-representation in American universities--so whole generations may not have ever been made aware of Bach's genius in this way.

    Were/are you a music student at the university level? Have you ever been told this re/ the Riemenschneider Bach? If not, you might want to buy a copy and play one every day. IMHO.
    I played piano as a child, but not seriously as an adult. I have sung madrigal as an amateur and have very good pitch.

    My favorite Composers are Beethoven (above all), Brahms, R. Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. I have a general preference for the romantic period. I have responded most to fully orchestrated pieces of music. The bigger the band, the better I've tended to like it (which is not to say I dislike chamber music, I just tend to return to symphonies and other orchestral forms more frequently).

    As far as favorite instruments to listen to, I adore a well-miked tympani in a recording. I'd say cello and trombone give me the most goosebumps when it comes to brass and strings.
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    Here's a bit of tympani from one of my favorite Bach interpreter's Philippe Herreweghe:



    There are two particular performances of the Passions that I'd like to share with you, but I can't find them in their entirety at the moment.


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    Live dangerously, get some of those Stokowski transcriptions! They are great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCHqJmG7HQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    Live dangerously, get some of those Stokowski transcriptions! They are great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCHqJmG7HQ
    Those could very easily get you killed by a rabid pack of Bach purists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BachIsBest View Post
    Those could very easily get you killed by a rabid pack of Bach purists.
    Do we have any Bach purists on here?!?! I'd love to know who they are and I wish they'd post more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    Live dangerously, get some of those Stokowski transcriptions! They are great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCHqJmG7HQ
    If you want to live even more dangerously, try Webern's arrangement of the Ricercar from the Musical Offering


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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    Do we have any Bach purists on here?!?! I'd love to know who they are and I wish they'd post more.
    I do not think, there are many true Bach purists here. But there are many, who prefer HIP but also accept and - like myself - even are able to enjoy a number of non-HIP interpretations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    Live dangerously, get some of those Stokowski transcriptions! They are great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCHqJmG7HQ
    Very amusing to see all those people in the orchestra wearing lounge suits and ties, all men I think, it's like a meeting of IBM executives.

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