Monday, 18 April 2011

The great J.S. Bach and a pile of woodchips

Bach's famous piece of music, "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" is a favourite of mine, and I was enchanted to see and hear it played out on wood chips in the video below.

Yes, it was created for an advertisement, and what beautiful work it is.  Advertising has the scope to create wonderful art forms and the money to fund them.  Anyone with an ounce of music in them added to an ounce of woodwork experience will appreciate what has gone into making this structure produce the music!

There are many versions of this wonderful piece.  Here it is featuring the classical guitar.  This is my favourite: 

And I have to include this choral version as well, which will be much as Bach wrote it, intending it to be sung.  Truly great music has that frisson of uplift that takes us soaring with it, which is what this one does for me.  Wonderful! 

Bach, being German, wrote it in his own language.  The English version differs slightly and I prefer what I understand of the simpler sentiments as expressed in the German, so that is what I include here.  Also, I love to sing choral works in German, not that I have for years, but the music wells up in me...
Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
darum laß' ich Jesum nicht
aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.
It's a simple statement of religious devotion which is sufficient unto itself.  Thank you Bach!

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