For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.
I haven’t really been keeping track, but I would imagine this is easily the oldest thing that’s been shared in the past two years. Previous to this, I think the oldest album was Copland’s Rodeo in 1942. Although there were some Duke Ellington songs that same week from the late ’20s.
A little background: in 1722 there weren’t pianos and what they did have (claviers) weren’t exactly tuned like pianos. They were tuned to a specific key, which meant that to play in a different key, you either had to retune or switch instruments. Bach wanted to have one keyboard that could play in any key, so he wrote these 24 pieces (one in each key, including major and minor)(unless you count the preludes and fugues separately, in which case there are 48) to make it inconvenient to play this whole series without one well-tuned keyboard. Continue reading