Music Interlude

“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

With the media-induced hysteria here in the States in overdrive, we here at the Asylum like to take refuge with a bit of that which restores order, balance, and a sense of calm.  No better than J.S. Bach to give us a respite from the lunacy.

A short synopsis on his work, Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825, included in the YouTube video at the end of this dispatch, follows:

From Wikipedia:

The Partitas, BWV 825–830, are a set of six harpsichord suites written by Johann Sebastian Bach, published from 1726 to 1730 as Clavier-Übung I, and the first of his works to be published under his direction. They were, however, among the last of his keyboard suites to be composed, the others being the six English Suites, BWV 806-811 and the six French Suites, BWV 812-817.

1,128 of Bach’s compositions are preserved today.  If that isn’t astonishing enough, some Bach experts believe that this figure represents only 10 percent of what he composed during his life. With 2 wives, who surely were saints, 20 children (of whom only 10 survived to adulthood) “harmony” might be the last thing one could imagine having under these family circumstances. And yet…

“Harmony is next to Godliness.” ~  Johann Sebastian Bach

We are grateful such harmonious sounds are available to us to squelch the squeals of amplified nonsense that attempts to prohibit rest for the weary.

Bach Partita No 1 in B flat major BWV 825  – Chelsea Wang/Piano


Photo credit:   Appaloosa_LE [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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