Baroque, Bach and Beyond

Yes­ter­day was the birth­day of J S Bach – at least, it was 21 March 1685 in the old-style Julian cal­en­dar, but let’s not con­fuse our­selves. In any event, today’s pro­gramme on our Main Stream fea­tures music from the Baroque era and while it fea­tures the music of J S Bach, it also includes many oth­er com­posers of the peri­od, both well-known and sel­dom-heard.

Lis­ten­ers may find it strange to dis­cov­er that dur­ing his life­time J S Bach was thought some­what old-fash­ioned and behind the times, as oth­er com­posers adopt­ed more dec­o­rat­ed roco­co styles. Today, of course, it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter and there is a vast library of record­ings of his work avail­able, a selec­tion of which we will hear dur­ing the pro­gramme.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (18:00 and 02:00 GMT) tune in for two more install­ments of our clas­sic radio seri­als from ZBS Foun­da­tion. At the top of the the hour we con­tin­ue The Incred­i­ble Adven­tures of Jack Flan­ders while at the half-hour it’s the lat­est episode of Ruby 3: The Under­world. Don’t miss it!


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are tun­ing in from Cana­da or the Unit­ed States, please click here. Oth­er­wise, click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so.

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