Music for a While #46: Bach, beekeeping, and more

06.17.2021 - By The New Criterion

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This episode begins with a poem, first published in The New Criterion, in 2002: Charles Tomlinson’s “If Bach had been a beekeeper.” It speaks of “the honey of C major.” We then duly hear some Bach in C major. We also hear a famous aria—an aria made famous by a movie. And “Estrellita,” in two different versions: the original song, plus what Heifetz did to it, or rather, for it. The podcast includes other appetizing items as well. A fine smorgasbord.

Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major, “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” Book 2
Catalani, “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana,” from “La Wally”
Ponce-Heifetz, “Estrellita”
Coleridge-Taylor, “You Lay So Still in Sunshine”
Milhaud, “Love, My Heart”
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement
Ponce, “Estrellita”

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