Friday Musical Interlude: Outsourced

March 1st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I asked my CBPP colleague PVdW, who I know has great taste in music (because he agrees with me), to choose this week’s interlude.  He made an inspired pick that will banish from your mind all the nonsense about which I’ve been writing.  And I say that even while spell check wanted me to change ‘sarabande’ to Sarbanes.

For this week’s musical interlude I’ve chosen the sarabande from Bach’s second suite for cello.  I first encountered this piece as the soundtrack for Ingmar Bergman’s movie “Through a Glass Darkly” back when I was in high school. 

Bach wrote six cello suites–each comprising a prelude and five dance movements.  Eric Siblin, in his book The Cello Suites, calls the sarabande “the spiritual center” of each suite.  The sarabande apparently started out as a risqué Spanish dance and somehow morphed into a stately French court dance.  The second cello suite is in the key of D minor, which Bach often used to represent sadness, yet I find the sarabande not only deeply moving but profoundly uplifting. 

Here it’s performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

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2 comments in reply to "Friday Musical Interlude: Outsourced"

  1. JohnR says:

    I’ve always loved Ma’s playing, but his performances often seem a little up-and-down to me. Interestingly, although I think his performances of the Cello Suites are truly outstanding, I once heard Mr. Ma perform the Cello Concerto by Stanley Bate, and I think it may have been the most amazing of the many amazing performances I’ve heard him give. I’m no fan of relatively modern music, and I’d never heard of Stanley Bate before this, but I think for once it’s truly accurate to say of Mr. Ma that his Bach was worse than his Bate. On that note…


  2. R. Nemo says:

    Nice music. Your such a genteel man. Try Bartok next time.

    As for spell checks–they seem to be quite illiterate. try the word: tenebrouse. A real word. Or chirascuro. Another real common word. But spell check seems stuck at ninth grade. Its designers never got a college degree–aparently? No doubt it is designed for the corporate types. You know; the morons, like lawyers, of our so-called society! The ones we let run us into the mesto sempre agitato of afunctional dismoritum?

    Oh, blew the spell checks brain!

    What would William F Buckley propiciate?


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