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    Jun 15, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    hahahaha , the end is best.

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    Jun 15, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    What is that dreadful instrument Sir? Lol.
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    Jun 15, 2010 5:47 AM GMT
    twomack saidWhat is that dreadful instrument Sir? Lol.


    dreadful...its the harpsichord, the predecessor to the piano. This piece doesn't show what this instrument can really do. I would have to disagree with you're description of the whole instrument as dreadful. icon_biggrin.gif

    Oh and then ending where he's aggravated, I empathize with him. It sucks when you get through a long piece only to fuck up at the end and have to start over. haha
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    Jun 15, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    I don't get it. . .
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    Jun 15, 2010 9:44 AM GMT
    It's a harpsichord and, unfortunately a very ugly one. It really is a beautiful instrument and most of the ones I've seen are visually lovely as well.


    twomack saidWhat is that dreadful instrument Sir? Lol.
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    Jun 15, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    Naked Goldberg Variations? Well, it's said Bach wrote the piece as a cure for insomnia.
    He should put on some clothes and practice more.
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    Jun 15, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
    TexDef07 saidNaked Goldberg Variations? Well, it's said Bach wrote the piece as a cure for insomnia.
    He should put on some clothes and practice more.


    Why would he do that?

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    Jun 15, 2010 12:10 PM GMT
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    TexDef07 saidNaked Goldberg Variations? Well, it's said Bach wrote the piece as a cure for insomnia.
    He should put on some clothes and practice more.


    Why would he do that?

    Because there seems to be a correlation between good Bach playing and wearing clothes.
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    Jun 15, 2010 1:14 PM GMT
    First, it's a dreadfully clunky performance, more like a recital in elementary school by a boy who didn't want to take lessons in the first place. These variations were indeed commissioned by a man with insomnia, and intended to be tranquil & soothing, although Bach did make a few of them rather lively. This example as played, however, is almost deadly.

    Second, this harpsichord here is not very impressive, and perhaps additionally suffers from a poor recording. It appears to only have 1 keyboard, whereas a good instrument has 2, a soft and loud, since unlike a piano a harpsichord's volume cannot be varied by pressure on the individual keys.

    BTW, the Goldberg Variations are used ironically in Silence of the Lambs, where Lector is in the large cage after he's been brought from the insane asylum to help find Buffalo Bill, the serial killer. This music, meant to quiet the mind, almost seems to inspire Lector's savagery as he listens to it, formulating his plan to brutally slaughter his guards and make his escape.

    Here's Trevor Pinnock demonstrating how this piece should sound, with the ornaments properly rendered:

  • wellwell

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    Jun 15, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    ok, what'z so fascinating ??
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    Jun 15, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    it's about the whole nonsense of it .
    a guy plays Back naked in his garage and messes up and proceeds to broadcast it.

    he's not a "bad" player", amateurish for sure but there is actually a certain flair in his style,bending the rhythm in that typical harpsichord manner ..and partly because he's struggling to remember it, lol.
    and then at the end, after a long fight he fails and collapses in discouragement.

    most harpsichords aren't embellished with endless graphics and colors.
    Home ones are usually just plain unless you have money ... or time, as many build their own ( could be the case with this guy actually ) .
    As for sound i'm not a specialist in but there are marked differences between
    English, French, German and Italian traditions of harpsichord building.

    and why naked ,dunno... does he need to explain ?




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    Jun 16, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    xassantex said and why naked ,dunno... does he need to explain ?

    Old Bach would need an explanation. As a respectable Lutheran church cantor and paterfamilias he would have felt naked performing without his wig, much less without a stitch of anything else.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 16, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    xassantex saidit's about the whole nonsense of it .
    a guy plays Back naked in his garage and messes up and proceeds to broadcast it.

    he's not a "bad" player", amateurish for sure but there is actually a certain flair in his style,bending the rhythm in that typical harpsichord manner ..and partly because he's struggling to remember it, lol.
    and then at the end, after a long fight he fails and collapses in discouragement.

    most harpsichords aren't embellished with endless graphics and colors.
    Home ones are usually just plain unless you have money ... or time, as many build their own ( could be the case with this guy actually ) .
    As for sound i'm not a specialist in but there are marked differences between
    English, French, German and Italian traditions of harpsichord building.

    and why naked ,dunno... does he need to explain ?






    This harpsichord is either a German or Flemish replica... most likely Flemish. You can tell by the shape and curvature of the wing. Just sayin'.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 16, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    And btw... he's really not a sensitive player... but the instrument is crap in his defense. You can tell he's got a good idea about how to play the harpsichord as opposed to the piano or organ-- he uses his second and third fingers as the default, rather than the thumb, which is indicative of his training. ;)