Tomorrow (March 21st) is J.S.Bach's 329th birthday. Are you planning something special that day to commemorate the great master's day?
Here are some ideas for you tomorrow:
1. Listen to some of his masterpieces.
2. Practice his organ or keyboard works.
3. Compose a short piece influenced by Bach's style or technique.
4. Sing a chorale (any part) harmonized by Bach. In fact, you can sing any part of his organ piece that you are practicing, too.
5. Read an article or a part of the book on Bach.
6. Watch a video or two with Bach's music.
7. Write an article about Bach and his art and share it with some of your friends.
8. Improvise a piece in the Bach's style.
9. Sight-read a few of Bach's organ pieces.
10. If you have a church service - perform one or more of Bach's chorale preludes or other pieces (you can do the same this Sunday, too).
[UPDATE: and of course, eat some cake in his honor.]
While the above things can be done by you alone, there is some magic in doing things TOGETHER. I have an idea:
By Sunday evening write 2-3 sentences about why do you like Bach and his art. With your permission, I will share all I receive from my readers (with names and their countries) in a special article after this weekend.
[UPDATE: you will find the answers here.]
Here is Helmut Walcha's famous quote for starters: "Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all."
By the way, this Saturday, I'll be playing an all Bach recital at Vilnius University St. John's church. Here is it's video preview (it's in Lithuanian but I think you will get it pretty easily). The opening picture has the above quote by Helmut Walcha.
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.