Recently one of my friends - a classical music muggle - expressed an interest in listening to the music of J.S. Bach.
"But there is so much, I don't know where to start!"
I certainly can't blame anyone for being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of music by Bach - he was a prolific composer who wrote more than 1,000 pieces of music, and one can't even begin to count the recordings made of those works.
Of course, I volunteered to help. But then I faced the question myself: where do you begin, when introducing a friend to the music of Bach? Do you go with the very obvious choices, like "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," or "Air on the G String"? Or with something like the Bach Double? If you were to start with a movement from the Sonatas and Partitas or Cello Suites, which would it be? Or how about with a mass or cantata? Or the Goldberg Variations?
See what I mean?
I made my friend a little playlist, and I just started with a personal favorite, the Adagio from the solo Sonata in C major. I also included the rest of the movements, and the Bach Double, Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, and a few Goldberg Variations.
If you were introducing someone to the world of Bach, which piece would you start with? And then which pieces would you follow up with? Please participate in the vote, and then share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.
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