It’s one thing to listen to a song, but it’s a whole different experience to actually see it with your own eyes.
Below are visual demonstrations of Bach’s “‘Little’ Fugue in G minor” and Debussy’s “Clair de lune”. You can see how each instrument relates to the rest of the ensemble and all the different dynamic shifts that occur in classical music. It’s incredible to see how complex this kind of music can get, and I know it makes me appreciate these classical composers much more. There are tons of these videos on YouTube, and it’s worth looking up to see if one of your favorite songs has a visual demonstration.
Hopefully this gives you a newfound appreciation for Classical music – it’s not boring I swear!
Johann Sebastian Bach is known for many things, including this and that and also this, but did you also know that the famed Baroque composer is also known for his sense of humor?
Around 1735, Bach was in the middle of writing all his religious church pieces when he decided to switch things up and write a silly cantata (a piece of music with a solo vocalist with instrumental accompaniment telling some sort of story) about a very special beverage – coffee.
The cantata is called “Schweigt Stille, Palaudert Nicht, BWV 211” which translates into English as “Be Still, Stop Chattering” and this mini comic opera was Bach’s way of making fun of how most people feel like they can’t survive without their caffeine.
Here’s the story: a young woman named Aria is obsessed with coffee and her father is trying to stop her from drinking it, to which she argues that if she doesn’t have her caffeine she’ll, “turn into a shriveled-up roast goat” (you can’t make this stuff up). The father then agrees to write into her marriage contract that she must have a guaranteed three cups of coffee a day (the Groom must be a lucky guy).
It’s fun to see classical composers have a sense of humor, especially when it’s something that many of us can relate to. Below is a small section of the 25 minute piece with English subtitles.