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Happy birthday, Bach!


Depending on if you think of the old Julian calendar or the new (well, starting in 1582) Gregorian calendar, Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday is either March 21 or March 31.

In either case, here’s a video of a 1997 collaboration with Torvill and Dean and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pairing some lovely skating with the “Allemande” from Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suite #6. (My cellist son and I were amused by the actor playing Bach.)

Check out those impressive circles and the mirror effect. Enjoy!

Author: Joskates

Don't see me on the ice? I may be in the classroom or at the theater, or hanging out with my family and friends.

6 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Bach!

  1. Bach is one of my favorite composers as a flutist. And what a lovely video – I had not seen that before. In the words of many other music geeks before me, “I’ll be Bach!” 😉


  2. Jo, thanks for pointing me to Bach and Yoyo Ma’s performance! Maggie


  3. Glad you enjoyed it, Maggie!


  4. Great post Jo! Plan to watch the video multiple times!


  5. Thanks, George! I continue to be impressed by T&D, even that many years and re-viewings later!


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