A little thank you to CPE Bach, who died this day 228 years ago, after having unleashed a musical revolution all his own, for giving me many hours of joy listening to his wonderful keyboard works.


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. TRM on December 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Bach continues to influence music in unexpected ways. Oscar Peterson asked his students to study the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, especially The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, and The Art of Fugue, considering these piano pieces essential for every serious pianist.

    He was commissioned by the Bach Festival in Montreal to write something commemorating the 300th birthday of Bach. The version recorded for the 1986 album “Oscar Peterson Live!” is amongst the best music I’ve ever heard.

    The great ones just keep on giving long after they are gone.

  2. augenguy on December 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Here’s to the empfindsamer Stil and the dawn of Classicism! Of course, C.P.E. is only just a bit more influential than P.D.Q. Bach, but both are essential. 🙂

  3. primal_murmur on December 14, 2016 at 5:55 am

    … and a little thank to you — without your careful guiding hand, I would never have understood the significance of Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach.

  4. Nannie on December 14, 2016 at 5:29 am

    I am also a great admirer of Bach wich music set you again back into your own balance.

    This one is for You! Thank you Mr. Farrell for your all your work!


    • Phil the Thrill on December 14, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      A nice clip, although that was a composition by Carl Phillip’s father, Johann Sebastian. I do have some music in my library by the elder Bach, although my personal taste leans more toward the Bach-influenced Ritchie Blackmore.

      • TRM on December 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm

        Blackmore was heavily influenced by Bach and other classical composers. One of the most easily recognized opening riffs in rock was “Smoke on the Water”. That was Ritchie playing around and interpreting Beethoven’s 5th opening.

        • Phil the Thrill on December 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          I’m not sure how we make the jump from “buh-buh-buh BAAAHH…..buh-buh-buh BAAAHH…” to “DAHN DAHN DUUHN, DAHN DAHN DA-DUUHN…”, but Mr. Blackmore–who probably would prefer to defend himself against the charge that he ever merely “played around”–did do a magnificent “interpretation” of Beethoven’s 9th symphony with his band Rainbow, which he called “Difficult To Cure.” But Mr. Blackmore’s birthday isn’t until April 25, and we are supposed to be appreciating Mr. (C. P. E.) Bach. ….oh, I started this, didn’t I? ;^)

      • Nannie on December 15, 2016 at 8:26 am

        I know. I’m classically trained. But they are both as important to date in the modern music.

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