Johann Sebastian Bach did not develop as an artistic entity in a vacuum. While he may be considered the intellect that whipped music into some semblance of order, he was, by no means, the first to start or try to do so. Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, last written about by this critic on Music From the Odhecaton (Dorian, 2002), is a historically-informed ensemble not playing on modern instruments, but their precursors: Shawms, recorders, sackbuts, douçaines, harps, and bagpipes. On Back Before Bach, the band focuses on the music available to Bach's ear at the time.The sum of these instruments is an approximation of what the organ would become. The sound is rustic and organic with a nod to the literary and social Everyman. This music would grace Game of Thrones properly as a soundtrack.
This music is and sounds delightfully old and ageless. Well represented here is the music of Michael Praetorius, Johann Walther, Heinrich Finck, and Orlande de Lassus. The disc is organized in educational suites addressing different aspect of the period music from church to dance to an exposition of chromaticism is that is both beautiful and instructive. The modern purpose this music serves is to both instruct and uplift. It educates us that what we hear today or even yesterday, or even a thousand yesterdays ago did not arise out of nothing. It arose out of this
Track Listing: Christ Ist Erstanden; Innsbruch, Ich Muess Dich Lassen; A Solis Ortus/Christum Will Sollen Loben Schon; A Suite of German Dances; The World of Chrmatocism; A Song From Andernach Along the Rhine; Suite of German Dances.
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound. After, my girlfriend and I just sauntered up the stairs to the green room to meet the
band. I posed for a picture with Joe, after talking a little bit about boxing and how to stay healthy while the other guys in the band tore through a bucket of fried