Fun Fridays – May 21, 2021

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of my favorite composers. The six pieces in his “Cello Suites” are extraordinary. But the first one in that collection is famous the world over. I urge you to find ten minutes in the next few days (if not today) to watch and listen to an analysis of the sheer genius of its composition.

Seeing and hearing how something so simple can become so profound should be an inspiration as you create your own masterpiece.

In many of his other works–not this one–Bach wrote the initials S. D. G. at the end of his compositions. S.D.G or Soli Deo Gloria–Glory to God Alone.

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14 Responses to Fun Fridays – May 21, 2021

  1. Nancy May 21, 2021 at 5:56 am #

    Beautiful suite and interesting to see the theory behind the music.

    This link goes to a cello adaptation of Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night” by my nephew-in-law. I love Barber; I love cello.

    • Bill Bethel May 22, 2021 at 8:15 am #

      Nancy, Seth Russell playing “Sure on this Shining Night” is wonderful!

  2. May 21, 2021 at 6:16 am #

    That was great. I’m learning the guitar and I’ve learned a lot of music theory and so this was an eye opener. The relationship between the dominant to the tonic really makes sense.

  3. Donna May 21, 2021 at 6:37 am #


  4. Peggy Morris May 21, 2021 at 6:54 am #

    This is incredible! How wonderful that Bach dedicated his compositions and used his talents for “the glory of God!”

  5. Kay DiBianca May 21, 2021 at 7:53 am #

    Bach was such a brilliant composer. I’m not a musician, but I used to play some of his two-part inventions when I took piano lessons. I still don’t understand how he could have composed those beautiful and complex pieces.

    Did you notice in the video when she explained about the G as tonic and the D as dominant that it appeared on the screen as

    G ♥ D

    How fitting.

  6. Tama Ward May 21, 2021 at 8:25 am #

    I love the concept of a pedal point. The recurring note that grounds the others. Thanks for sharing. Inspired to return to the note-by-note work of writing.

  7. Joseph Oyeleye May 21, 2021 at 8:33 am #

    I join Bach to proclaim: To God be all the glory alone!

    This is more than fun, it is refreshing. Thanks Mr. Laube.

  8. Elliott Slaughter May 21, 2021 at 10:23 am #

    I played Bach for many years as a flute student, but I don’t think I really “got” it until I went to college and studied under someone who had been a student of Susan Rotholz. This recording of the Flute Sonata in C Major really blew my mind out of the water.

    For those of you who don’t know, Bach’s music (at least for flute) is generally relatively unornamented, and the intention is for the performer to improvise around it. That means there can be a really dramatic difference when you have someone who’s really an expert playing it vs. what you’d typically learn as a student.

    Thanks, Steve for sharing.

    • Lois May 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm #

      If only Bach gave flutists a chance to breathe! String players have the advantage on us there.

  9. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. May 21, 2021 at 11:52 am #

    What an interesting video! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Ann L Coker May 21, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

    Thanks, Steve. This is a classic in your selections.

  11. Bill Bethel May 22, 2021 at 8:08 am #

    There are tunes and then there is music. No wonder “longhair” music speaks to the soul, sooths the spirit, and develops the mind. The fact that the cello closely mimics the range of the human voice makes the sound all the more personal.

  12. Kristen Joy Wilks May 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm #

    Wow! That was stunning!

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