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    Default My Bach story

    Hi all, new member here.

    I am into many different kinds of music, play guitar and piano (badly for classical), electronic music.

    I found Bach in my late teens and fell in love with the harpsichord solo of BBC#5. It reminded me of a raging guitar solo, heavier than Metallica and so beautiful the way the solo goes berzerk and then concludes so beautifully.

    Later finding the classical guitar transcriptions of the Lute Suites in my guitar books, and listening to Bream.. What is this Chaconne, what is a fugue.. Then trying my own guitar tablature transcriptions of the less popular cello suites, and the Sonatas and Partitas. Because I loved the music but coyld not find pro transcriptions.

    Next was the keyboard music English Suites, French Suites, WTC1, Goldberg. I avoided the baffling organ music for a while because it was just overwhelming and impossible to play with transcriptions to guitar. I actually did try writing some keyboard music out for guitar too. The transcriptions of concertos by other composers are a favorite, every single one.

    I love the harpsichord firstly, but piano insisted I give it a fair shake, and I love the piano versions of these also.

    Finally I found some strange and wonderful sheet music editions in a used book store and it drew me into the preludes and fugues, toccatas and trio sonatas.

    Best thing ever is the pedal harpsichord versions of the huge organ music.

    Recently 15-20 years later I have gone back to Bach and gave St Johns Passion a listen. It got me back looking at my sheet music and wondering if anybody can love Bach as much as me. They must be out there.

    Thats my Bach story! Thanks for reading.

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    Excellent anecdote! Welcome from a fellow Bach nut. When I listen to the Master’s music I wonder why I ever listen to anything else. If you haven’t spent a good amount of time with the cantatas, I implore you to do so - I think every human being should listen to all of them but you will be well on your way if you get acquainted with some of the more popular ones. Hope you enjoy your time here!
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

    "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere." - G.K. Chesterton

    "Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret." - Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Welcome DarkPast!

    What strikes me, is that you compare the harpsichord with a guitar. I've seen that happen to more popular music lovers, who ask me "hey Marc, what kinda guitar is this?"
    Normally, among classical music lovers, the harpsichord gets compared to the piano. But it is in fact a plucked string instrument, so the comparison with a guitar is completely normal. And the piano is, because of the strings getting 'hammered', much more a percussion instrument. Which gives a completely different sound, imho.

    For the rest: Bach has been my favourite composer since my teens, too. It started when I learned to play some of his easy keyboard pieces (I specifically liked the different 'voices' talking at the same time). Then, as a listener, I discovered the Passions (which moved me very much), and after that I worked my way through the rest of his oeuvre. Up to this day, listening to his music gives me great satisfaction, and I know that this is a case of Everlasting Love.

    I hope you enjoy your stay here at TC!

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    Welcome DP (oops that's an unfortunate abbreviation, I'll use DPast instead) . Enjoy the site. There's lots of fellow Bach nuts on here.

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