Thursday, May 2, 2013

Listening to Western Classical Music - Minuet in G Major

Today my son printed some music from the internet and said he wanted me to help him play it.  I tried playing it and liked to music so I am listening to this classical piece attributed to Bach -- Minuet in G Major (although the recording seems to be in A) on the internet.  I am also humming a meditation along with and maybe that will become a new fusion song based on this ... we shall see!  But I am glad to be playing around with western classical now that the kids are getting into it.  

Apparently this is a popular piece with a lot of recordings on youtube. More info on this from Wikipedia:

The Minuet in G major is found in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, where it appears with its companion piece, Minuet in G minor, as a pair to be performed da capo. The notebook in question, which belonged to Johann Sebastian Bach's second wife Anna Magdalena, is a compilation of music by various composers of the late 17th and early 18th century, including François Couperin, Georg Böhm, Johann Sebastian Bach himself and possibly some of his sons (e.g. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach). Most of the entries in the 1725 notebook were made by Anna Magdalena herself, and a few were contributed by Johann Sebastian and various friends of the Bach family. Only a few composers are identified in the notebook. The Minuet in G major and its companion are two of the many anonymous works included. In the 1970s the Minuet in G major was identified as a piece from a harpsichord suite by Dresden organist Christian Petzold.