Music of the Day: 19/04/13

More great music, plus the inimitable Susan McClary on J. S. Bach


  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67. This was my favourite symphony when I was younger, probably because it sounded quite angsty


  • J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 5. In her famous essay ‘The blasphemy of talking politics during Bach Year’ Susan McClary wrote that in this piece Bach ‘creates a “Revenge of the continuo player”: the harpsichord begins in its rightful, traditional, supporting, norm-articulating role but then gradually emerges to shove everyone else, large ensemble and conventional soloists alike, out of the way for one of the most outlandish displays in music history. The harpsichord is the wild card in this deck that calls all the other parameters of the piece – and their attendant ideologies – into question.’


  • Luciano Berio, Sequenza III for woman’s voice


  • Miles Davis, So What


  • The Human League, Don’t You Want Me

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