Archives For Bach


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and all Music and all Poetry

Review of

The Small Books of Bach
David Wright

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2014
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Reviewed by Gina Dalfonzo


If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, perhaps the fear of Bach is the beginning of a true love and appreciation of music. The word “fear” may be even more appropriate here than in the original biblical context. I can’t speak for the professional musician, but the amateur musician like myself approaches Johann Sebastian Bach with a sense of awe bordering on—or rather, crossing the border into—profound intimidation.

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
21 March 2013

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If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the ridiculous books that were rushed to press in the first week of Francis I’s papacy: Pope Francis I: Ten Really Bad Books from the first week


Today is World Poetry Day! Who is your favorite poet from outside North America and Europe? Mine might possibly be Ernesto Cardenal of Nicaragua (CLICK for our review of his book PLURIVERSE), or the ancient traditional poets of Japan.


“I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” ― Composer Johann Sebastian Bach, born this day in 1685
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“For as the good fruit is not the cause that the tree is good, but the tree must first be good before it can bring fourth good fruit: so the good deeds of man are not the cause that makes men good, but he is first made good, by the spirit and grace of GOD that effectually works in him, and afterward he brings fourth good fruits.” – Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, who died on this day 1556


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