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It’s March 14 — Pi Day!

In hon­or of the ven­er­a­ble math­e­mat­i­cal con­stant, today Radio Riel fea­tures music by one of the most “math­e­mat­i­cal” com­posers…

Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a Ger­man com­pos­er and organ­ist whose sacred and sec­u­lar works for choir, orches­tra, and solo instru­ments drew togeth­er the strands of the Baroque peri­od and brought it to its ulti­mate matu­ri­ty. Although he intro­duced no new forms, he enriched the pre­vail­ing Ger­man style with a robust con­tra­pun­tal tech­nique, an unri­valed con­trol of har­mon­ic and motivic orga­ni­za­tion in com­po­si­tion for diverse musi­cal forces, and the adap­ta­tion of rhythms and tex­tures from abroad, par­tic­u­lar­ly Italy and France.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org . Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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