I mean it literally! I can dance to almost anything. I love to dance so much, I can dance to the sound of the rain, and definitely to the sound of the thunder. Boom! Boom!
In this music challenge day 2, I want to write about my favorite music during my ballet days. So you think I mean Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake? Well, of course I love Tchaikovsky. I was a ballet dancer, after all! But during the eight years I studied ballet I listened to all sorts of classical music, including music not typically associated with ballets.
You may have already read on my blog that I love Ludwig van Beethoven’s music. If you haven’t, please read my post Beethoven’s Musical Flight of Ideas. It’s actually one of my better posts, though not nearly the most popular. But, Beethoven wasn’t my favorite at age 14. At that time I just adored Johann Sebastian Bach. Would you believe that? I’ll tell you why.
J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Brandenburg Concertos are the most hypnotic pieces of music I have ever come across. The former consists mainly of fugues. What is a fugue (just in case you don’t know)?
A fugue is a musical composition in which one or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices and contrapuntally developed in a continuous interweaving of the voice parts.
I call a fugue, “Row, row, row your boat” on steroids. Or, I guess a very sophisticated kind of techno-type music of that time.
Close yourself in your room with the stereo playing J.S. Bach’s fugues, and you’ll see what I mean by hypnotic. You may even experience something else I experienced. Elation. In fact, I believe Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier brought on the first elation of my life. Building up to perhaps something akin to an orgasm, but don’t call J.S. Bach a pedophile, please. He was actually a dedicated husband and father, and quite an upright citizen.
The Well-Tempered Clavier and The Brandenburg Concertos are among the most beautiful pieces of Baroque music there are. I believe J.S. Bach is among the greatest geniuses in all of music history, second to Beethoven, of course.
I have seen ballets set to Bach in the past, but the average person may find it hard to believe that it is danceable. What you have to do, is to feel the music in the core of your body and let it flow through your extremities and brain, again and again.
Warning: Not everyone can truly understand the beauty of J.S. Bach. In fact, my mother used to shriek when I played it with her home, and would order me to turn it off immediately. Strange, what is one person’s source of elation is another’s nails scratching a chalk board.
Here is a selection from the Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by the legendary virtuoso and preeminent Bach interpreter, Glenn Gould:
I hope you will also visit my other 5-Day Music Challenge posts at:
Thanks go to Robert Matthew Goldstein of Art by Rob Goldstein for nominating me for the Five-Day Music challenge.