Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Happy Father's Day Classical Music Weekend Special

On this Father's Day Weekend, I would like to start off with a personal father's day statement [in a repeat post from a couple of years ago] before the Tales usual classical music weekend post about a man who was the father of many children and a giant in classical music, Johann Sebastian Bach.

"Oh, my beloved father" is the translation of  "O mio babbino caro", one of the most beloved aria's from Giacomo Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi".  This melodic aria may be short in length, but it is long in beauty.

Tomorrow, Sunday June 19 is Father's Day.  I, along with my sister Susan, and my brother's Brad and Sandy, honor our Dad.  Our Dad, Pop, passed December 9, 2007.  He was a great Dad.  He was a great man.  He is in our thoughts and will be in our thoughts forever.  Sandy, Susan, Brad and I love you Dad, forever!


Rest in peace sweet Pop 
Together again with Reenie
Happy Father's Day, Pop!















Please turn up the volume and hear one of the most beautiful arias, sung by America's soprano, the legendary and beautiful, Renee Fleming.

Giacomo Puccini: "O Mio Babinno Caro", Renee Fleming - Soprano: 



Now, for this oldie but goodie song [that I am sure my Pop loved] that many [or probably most] of you younger Tales readers may never have heard of, "Oh, My Papa" written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard and became famous in the English version sung by Eddie Fisher in 1954:



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Johann Sebastian Bach
If you had to name the most important musician in the development of music, who has influenced musicians and composers in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic Eras and beyond, it would be the German Baroque musician, organist and composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.  J. S. Bach is the quintessential Baroque composer.  Young children taking music lessons, and especially classical music instructions will almost always begin with ideas and music from the Baroque period of music.  Bach was a very religious man whose music was influenced by his religious upbringing.  He was one of the most prolific composers of all time, and many consider him, because of his great compositions and his influence in the future development of music, the greatest of all the great composers. 

I am featuring J.S. Bach on this Father's Day weekend, because Bach was the father of many children, some of whom became significant musicians and composers.  Bach had a total of 20 children, only 10 of whom survived to become adults.  J.S. Bach had 7 children with his first wife, Maria Bach, who was his cousin.  When she died Bach married soprano Anna Magdalena Wilcke, with whom Bach had 13 children.

CPE Bach
Two of J.S. Bach's children with his first wife, Maria, had significant musical careers: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Carl Phillip Emanuel [CPE] Bach.  With his second wife, Anna Magdalena, three of their children had musical careers: Gottfried Heinrich, Johann Christoph Friedrich and Johann Christian Bach. 

As Susan, Brad, Sandy and I honor our father, and as I wish all dad's a very Happy Father's Day, I also wish A Happy Father's Day to maybe the greatest composer of them all, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy these great pieces by J.S. Bach:  The ultra beautiful "Air", the second movement of Bach's Orchestral Suite #3 in D-Major [transcribed as "Air on a G String"]; The first movement, Allegro Moderato of Brandenberg Concerto #3; the final movement of Brandenberg Concerto #2 in F-Major, Allegro Assai; and Bach's Cantata "Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring" from BWV 147.

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite #3 in D-Major, Movement 2, "Air on a G String":




J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G-Major, Movement 1, Allegro Moderato:




J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F-Major, Movement 3, Allegro Assai:




J.S. Bach:  Cantata BWV 147, "Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring":



 
A Happy Father's Day to all!


6 comments:

bradley said...

Beautiful post, brother mike--- I am certain big pop is looking down on us with love and pride --- pretty sure he would enjoy the beautiful music but would even love more to hear Harry Cary call a Stan the Man homer to the bleachers at sportsman's park!

Joel said...

Great comment, Brad! My dad is probably looking down and smiling also. I miss him!

Big Mike said...

Brad your comment hit it out of the park! I know you're right about Pop...it might be, it could be it is, a home run! :-)

Connie Bach said...

Thanks Mike for all this gems of music! I thought, our parents were supposed to live forever but my dad too, passed but he lives in my heart forever.
And "O mio babbino caro" never fails to bring tears to my eyes! Oh my goodness! One of my absolute favs! Thanks Mike again and Happy Father's Day!

Big Mike said...

Thanks so much Connie! Blessings to you and the entire family.

Bassinator said...

Awesome tribute and music! I think you meant to say that Bach only had 10 children that survived to become adults. None of us will survive adulthood. But, I love the tribute!!!