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Bach and Tuning


Johnny Reinhard

Bach and Tuning is strictly concerned with the identification of a historically accurate tuning paradigm that applies to the great majority of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. Once Bach has his personal tuning aesthetic acknowledged, a new dimension of meaning is invoked in performance through the intended interplay of diverse musical intervals. This new narrative lays bare Bach’s mental calculations regarding his idealized intonation. Bach, the true chromatic composer of the Baroque, was the scion of a great music family. Likewise, Andreas Werckmeister was the bright star in a neighboring musical family, only a generation earlier. Bach and Tuning connects the valuable tuning contribution made by Werckmeister to Bach’s musical masterpieces.

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Appendix II: Compact Disc Early Liner Notes (PITCH 200202)


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Appendix II: Compact Disc Early Liner Notes

EARLY (P-200202) is the second CD in the PITCH collection created from live concerts in New York City by the American Festival of Microtonal Music. PITCH is distributed by Albany Music Distribution (USA) and CD Baby (international).

Johann Michael Bach text: Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, weil es nun Abend, worden ist. Dein göttlich Wort, das helle Licht, lass ja bei uns auslöschen nicht! In dieser letzten betrübten Zeit, verleih uns, Herr, Beständigkeit, Dass wir dein Wort und Sakrament rein behalten bis an unser End.

translation O stay with us, Lord Jesus Christ, now that the evening comes with dusk. Your holy word, this radiant light, let never be extinguished here! In earthly life, full of agony, grant us, O Lord, consistency that we keep word and sacrament pure and holy till our very end. -------------------- Andreas Werckmeister text: (translation) Where, where, where, where is the newborn King of the Jewry? For we have seen his star before us, from Eastern homeland, and have come now, the child to worship.

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