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January 1 2010 at 5:33 AM
PhilOssifur  (Login cryonics)

Response to BACH -- BACK TO BASICS


In his life's work, Johann Sebastian Bach, who was from a long succession of Bachs in Saxony, in Germany, dealt with the ironies of two things: the ironies of the way you compose a succession of two notes, and then try to sing a counterposition to those two or three notes, and make a composition out of that. From this, based largely on the impact of Bach's work, at a later time, on Mozart—in about 1782—there was codified what became known as "the Classical method of composition derived from Bach," which is characteristic of all Classical composition, in Europe, in all media, from the time of Mozart through Brahms. The key thing here, is: We're looking at—in music, or, particularly in well-tempered counterpoint—

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