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Composer of the Month

J.S. Bach


Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5:



J.S.Bach - The Well Tempered Clavier: Book I: Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major - performed by Sviatoslav Richter



Yo-Yo Ma performing the Prelude the Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1:



J.S. Bach Sinfonia No. 3 - played by a student



PDQ Bach

PDQ Bach was humorous musical invention of Peter Schickele. In PDQ Bach music, funny versions of classical music include unusual instruments, strange mixtures of famous works, and other odd occurences! You may have heard of works for piano four hands (2 players on one piano)- but in the Sonata for Viola Four Hands and Harpsichord, two players perform on one viola at the same time - which is a lot harder than sharing a keyboard!


PDQ Bach - Beethoven Symphony No. 5 - Here the famous symphony is accompanied by announcers (one of whom is Schickele) as though it was a sports event.




Bach Fugue in G minor on organ - look at how the different parts are shown with different colors. Can you see and hear where the parts are similar and where they are different?




A performance on the giant Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia - notice how many keyboards and buttons that organist has to keep track of!



Performance of the finale of Saint-Saens's Third Symphony, the Organ Symphony:



Listen to the power of this large theater organ playing Star Wars music!



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