Yo-Yo Ma plays JS Bach

Monday, January 29, 2024 | Uncategorized

This week we are listening to Yo-Yo Ma play the Prelude to JS Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G Major.  Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer of the Baroque era.  He was born in 1685 in Germany, and lived until 1750.  Coming from a musical family, JS Bach was known in his lifetime as a harpsichord and organ player.  Today, we remember his music for strings, piano, harpsichord, and organ, including this solo suite for cello, played by Yo-Yo Ma.  Yo-Yo Ma is an American cellist, who was born in 1955 in France to Chinese parents.  He started performing cello at the age of just 4 1/2 and has won many awards in his career, including 19 Grammy Awards.  In addition to Western classical music, Yo-Yo Ma is also part of The Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together musicians from the countries that were historically linked by the Silk Road for trading purposes between Europe and China.  


Hildegard of Bingen

Monday, January 15, 2024 | Uncategorized

This week we will listen to the music of Hildegard of Bingen.  Hildegard lived from 1098-1179 Germany, near the Rhine River.  She was an abbess and was confirmed as a saint in the Catholic Church in 2012.  Throughout her life, Hildegard experienced visions and she set these visions to poetry and music.  Many consulted her during her lifetime for spiritual advice.