Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's all in the touch.

To keep with the Baroque theme of this weekend I give you one of J.S. Bach's greatest pieces, his Toccata and Fugue in D minor.    Toccata means "to touch".  It is a technique on the piano or organ, where a rapid playing with runs where many of the keys on the keyboard are played [touched].

The fugue, as I stated in yesterday's post, is where a main melodic theme is initiated [this is called the subject]. Then more voices of the subject come in [the example I gave yesterday: It is like the technique of the many voices singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."]

I'll bet, even if you may not  know it, when you hear this piece you will say, 'I've heard that.'

Please turn up the volume and enjoy this exciting piece by the great Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor:

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