Here are three more Chorales by Bach. I hope you enjoy them. They are chorale numbers 70, 71, and 72 from the songbook “101 Chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach.”
If you are using a smartphone to view this page, go to Desktop Mode in Chrome Settings (the three dots in the upper right corner) to use the music player. Then the songs can be played one after the other without needing to click the play button after every song.
Here is a Renaissance song titled “See Man.” I will let you guess the name of the composer. Here is a hint: If he were still alive he would be either 490 or 492 years old, depending on your source. The beginning of the song sounds a little like the theme from the original Star Trek.
This was one of the first songs I learned in the music program at school. It is titled “Gymnopedie No. 1” by Eric Satie. Most versions are slower than this, but since we all have busy schedules I gave it a quicker tempo.
Eric Alfred Leslie Satie (May 17, 1866 – July 1, 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. He was the son of a French father and a British mother. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, but was an undistinguished student and obtained no diploma. In the 1880s he worked as a pianist in café-cabaret in Montmartre, Paris, and began composing works, mostly for solo piano, such as his Gymnopédies. He also wrote music for a Rosicrucian sect to which he was briefly attached.
Here is a song by Orlando Di Lasso titled “Resonet in Laudibus.” That translates to “Let the Voice of Praise Resound.” Amen. By the way, do you know what the word “Amen” means? It means “So be it.” This song was called “one of the chief Christmas songs of joy” in 1550. That accolade was then given to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” a mere 400 years later.
Here are some songs from a piano music book titled Piano Literature Volume One. Its $5.50 price has to be one of the best deals around. That’s around 30 cents per song.
I posted some of the songs yesterday using an organ, but I think they sound better on a piano. Hence the title.
There are 18 songs altogether, so be sure and check back later to hear the other songs. So far the reception has been tremendous, with downloads in the triple digits. Watch out, Google.
In the event you were wondering what BWV stands for, the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV) is a catalogue of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was first published in 1950, edited by Wolfgang Schmieder. The catalogue’s second edition appeared in 1990. An abbreviated version of that second edition, known as BWV2a, was published in 1998.
One of the readers asked what the letters “BWV” represented. The answer is as follows: The Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV) Bach works catalogue is a catalogue of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was first published in 1950, edited by Wolfgang Schmieder. The catalogue’s second edition appeared in 1990. An abbreviated version of that second edition, known as BWV2a, was published in 1998.