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11-12-2010, 03:12 AM
Anyone know the name of the Bach song Astrid played for Walter when he was getting frustrated with the device?
The album was titled, ""Bach: The art of the Fugue." The fugue title was also on the cover - "Canon Alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta." Which means "canon to the twelfth (one) in counterpoint to the fifth (one)" or "canon at the twelfth, counterpoint at the fifth." That would be two voices (two melody lines) in which the main one (canon) is at 12 steps above the original and the counterpoint is at 5 steps up. Bach was writing something like 18th century Jazz.
The entire work was a series of pieces by JS Bach which sought to explore in depth the contrapuntal possibilities inherent in a single musical subject. I think it was based in D minor. I've heard it, based mostly in strings. But as I am an organist I mainly remember his preludes and fugues specifically for the organ. Though this work has been performed on the organ (and I think once on an ensemble of three organs).
Wikipedia has some on the entire work:
Including the idea that the Art of the Fugue was written to display Pythagorean philosophical principles. Which might have something to do with the show.
You can buy the MP3 file of Canon 12, Contrapunctus 5 (and the other pieces) on Amazon. The movement only last some 4 minutes. I can't imagine they needed a whole 33rpm record for the work. Must have been something else on there? Or maybe different instruments featured for the voices? Bach did not note what instruments were to play what part.
Down The Rabbit Hole
11-12-2010, 04:02 AM
The piece that was actually played, though, wasn't The Art of the Fugue, but the Air on the G String. I thought that was a bit of a pity, actually, because the Art of the Fugue is exactly the kind of piece I imagine Walter would listen to in a situation like this - it's in many ways a sort of musical puzzle and, despite being a magnificent work, is maybe more intellectually than emotionally stimulating. The Air on the G String is on the other hand nothing more than a nice little ditty, but someone in post-production obviously decided that one Bach piece is as good as the other and went for the more popular and well-known piece.
I couldn't hear it well enough to know. I need to upgrade to a good 5.1 speaker system. Lousy tinny Samsung speaker on the TV.
.... The Air on the G String is on the other hand nothing more than a nice little ditty, but someone in post-production obviously decided that one Bach piece is as good as the other and went for the more popular and well-known piece.
Then again the idea that what is inside the album doesn't jive with the album cover may have something analogous to say about the some of the ideas that have been put forth. What comes to mind first is that it is pointing to Altlivia &/or the agenda of Walternate 'over here.' But it may go further than that.
Another analogy which comes to mind being, 'you can't judge a book by its cover.' Could mean that what is inside Wiles' "The First People" is not to be trusted. That I like as I am hoping that The First People had something of an evil agenda about them, yet they wrap themselves up in glowing legends.
07-14-2012, 09:53 PM
its a very nice piece to listen to for relaxation...very calming after a hectic day, i've made my own playlist on my ipod with similar pieces..
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