From the Library: Bach

The com­pos­er Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach (1685 – 1750) per­haps needs no intro­duc­tion to Radio Riel lis­ten­ers. Dur­ing and after his life­time, how­ev­er, he was known more as an organ­ist and father (par­tic­u­lar­ly of Johann Chris­t­ian and Carl Philipp Emanuel, although over the course of his life and two mar­riages he fathered twen­ty chil­dren).

His adher­ence to Baroque forms and con­tra­pun­tal style was con­sid­ered “old-fash­ioned” by his con­tem­po­raries, espe­cial­ly late in his career when the musi­cal fash­ion tend­ed towards Roco­co and lat­er Clas­si­cal styles. A revival of inter­est and per­for­mances of his music began ear­ly in the 19th cen­tu­ry, and he is now wide­ly con­sid­ered to be one of the great­est com­posers in the West­ern tra­di­tion. (Wikipedia is a handy source of more infor­ma­tion on Bach.)

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gram was pro­duced by Otenth Pader­born.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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