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The WTF Bach Podcast Evan Shinners

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Experience the music of Bach as you never have before. For music lovers, to professional musicians, let WTF Bach guide your mind through a contrapuntal journey.

    The 9th Fugue in The Art of Fugue: Two Subjects Combined at Two Intervals... Too much?

    The 9th Fugue in The Art of Fugue: Two Subjects Combined at Two Intervals... Too much?

    Back to four voices! Bach begins yet again another fugue with a unique theme. The fugue will become a double fugue with our well known ‘Art of Fugue’ theme. The counterpoint then begins to appear in two ways: either on the same note or at different notes which are related to the perfect 5th, or 12th, as the title of this fugue (Alla Duodecima) suggests. Not only is this double counterpoint, but double counterpoint at ...double the intervalic possibilities...? Bach Vision Test (Vulfpeck): https://youtu.be/vJfiOuDdetg--Find a playlist of the music here.The Art of Fugue arranged for Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUnOx6hfBEFollow Evan on Instagram for even more content about Bach: www.instagram.com/WTFBach--Support us:https://www.patreon.com/wtfbachhttps://www.paypal.me/wtfbachhttps://venmo.com/wtfbachhttps://cash.app/$wtfbach Suggestions? Want Evan to analyze a specific piece of Bach? Have other questions for Evan about music or anything at all?Write us:bach@wtfbach.com

    • 22 min
    Special Guest: Jack Stratton (Vulfpeck). Down in a big way... with Bach?

    Special Guest: Jack Stratton (Vulfpeck). Down in a big way... with Bach?

    This is an interview with Jack Stratton of Vulfpeck. I loved our conversation during the summer of 2020. See some of the topics covered below and stay tuned for the next episode which will feature his arrangement of the ninth contrapunctus from The Art of Fugue. It was great to speak to a non-classical musician so eager about classical music and so involved with Bach. --Sleepify (Silent album by Vulfpeck) Vulfpeck Arranges the ninth contrapunctus from The Art of Fugue:Version 1: https://youtu.be/YcxQdRIY11oVersion 2: https://youtu.be/vJfiOuDdetg Fugue State (song by Vulfpeck) Musicians/Bands mentioned (Alphabetically):Bach, The Beatles, Beethoven, Naftule Brandwein, Cream, ELO, Glenn Gould, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Liszt, Louis Marchand, Reinhold Mack, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Nirvana, Oscar Peterson, Queen,  Bernard Purdy, Albert Schweitzer, Nate Smith, Steely Dan, Dave Tarras, Michael Winograd, Jack’s non-musical influences (Alphabetically): Caldwell Esselstyn, Larry David, Dean Ornish Other things mentioned (Chronologically): A Musical Offering, Silberman Pianofortes, Encore Records (Ann Arbor), The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor), Alan Watts, S.J. Perleman The Ill Mannered Clavichord, The Well Tempered Clavier,  --Follow Evan on Instagram for interactive content: www.instagram.com/WTFBachSupport us:https://www.patreon.com/wtfbachhttps://www.paypal.me/wtfbachhttps://venmo.com/wtfbachhttps://cash.app/$wtfbach Suggestions? Want to sponsor an episode?Write us:bach@wtfbach.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The 8th Fugue in The Art of Fugue: Three Themes, Three voices.

    The 8th Fugue in The Art of Fugue: Three Themes, Three voices.

    Back to it! Opening a new chapter in The Art of Fugue, this new chapter is one based on compound fugues, that is, our beloved ‘Art of Fugue Subject’ will now began to be combined with other new and unique themes.  Instead of going from a ‘simple’ to a double fugue, Bach drops a voice (all previous fugues were in 4 voices) and composes immediately a triple fugue for three voices. Like perfectly symmetrical juggling, this fugue is filled with beauty and amazing structural points.  --Find a playlist of the music here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1Ha250UDFktGqZjpt1hk7L?si=fIqZwtTUQJmzB9SYwskeYAThe Art of Fugue arranged for Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUnOx6hfBEFollow Evan on Instagram for even more content about Bach: www.instagram.com/WTFBachSupport us:https://www.patreon.com/wtfbachhttps://www.paypal.me/wtfbachhttps://venmo.com/wtfbachhttps://cash.app/$wtfbach Suggestions? Want Evan to analyze a specific piece of Bach? Have other questions for Evan about music or anything at all?Write us:bach@wtfbach.com

    • 51 min
    Bonus: How to Detect B.S. (Bad Scholarship)

    Bonus: How to Detect B.S. (Bad Scholarship)

    This is the fifth bonus episode.Well folks, I had a hard time getting this out there. As I sat down to debunk "Evening in the Palace of Reason" by James Gaines, I found myself overcome with the sense of being a bully:This book, published by none other than Harper Collins (and probably more read than any book by a notable Bach scholar), initially had me enraged with its conclusions about the character of Bach and the reasons for composing such a noble work as 'A Musical Offering' BWV 1079. As I sat down to dismiss it however, I found that each sentence about Bach or the music was full of holes, so shrouded in pseudo-intellect, that I found myself overwhelmed with the task of cleaning up a mess far larger than the one about which I was enthusiastic.Still, while feeling a bit like I was 'taking shots at a toothless tiger', I offer you "The Truth About 'A Musical Offering' " and hopefully the clearest guide for all interested parties on how to identify phony Bach scholarship, pseudo wisdom, and modern narrative.  --Follow me on instagram: I am heavy into posting the solo works for violin and cello on a daily basis: @wtfbach Thank you, THANK YOU, for listening.-evan Support us:https://www.patreon.com/wtfbachhttps://www.paypal.me/wtfbachhttps://venmo.com/wtfbachhttps://cash.app/$wtfbach

    • 48 min
    Bonus: A Bach Article from 1985

    Bonus: A Bach Article from 1985

    This is the fourth bonus episode. Two episodes ago, I began with a quote from Aldous Huxley. That quote came from an article written in 1985. The article focused on Bach's relationship to words and various writer's relationships with Bach. The whole article is fascinating and, well, I read it to you.  A piece of what I consider 'good scholarship', it takes stabs at what Bach playing would be like today, in 2020, but sets the standard for the next episode, in which we will be de-bunking poor Bach scholarship. Here is the link to the article:https://www.nytimes.com/1985/03/24/books/bach-at-300-words-notes-and-numbers.html And here is the link to the obituary of the James A. Winn, who wrote it (d.2019)https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2019/03/27/james-winn-writer-english-professor-and-flautist/ZFGI9AJa9pvRcU13TyuOmJ/story.html Follow me on instagram: Each day I am posting the cello complete suites on a portable clavichord: @wtfbach As always, thanks for listening, -evan

    • 25 min
    Bonus: Listener's Choice: You asked, I talked.

    Bonus: Listener's Choice: You asked, I talked.

    This is the third bonus episode. You know how at the end of every episode, Gaby says, "Want to have evan analyze a specific piece of Bach... just for you?" Boom: Listener's choice volume one.  Three pieces you requested were: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV855 (Book one)Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV849 (Book one)Capriccio on the Departure of the Beloved Brother, BWV992 --Forgive my delay in getting this to all of you: I have a noble undertaking regarding a popular Bach book which is doing nothing but leading you further from the truth about the master! But have no fear, in a few weeks I will unleash an attack and clear up this confusion: meanwhile please enjoy my brief analysis of these three pieces which, in their own right, could take up many episodes each. Also: Lament Aria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lament_bass Follow me on IG! Right now I am instagramming inner movements of the cello suites on a portable clavichord: @wtfbach As always, thanks for listening,-evan

    • 43 min

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