02. December 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: FBQD

This evening Nancy and I went to one of our favorite local French restaurants. Gradually I became aware of the wallpaper music: “Quia respexit” from the Bach “Magnificat”. This performance, passably sung, was “accompanied” by a rhythm section(!), plush, sustained string chords, and a wordless choir humming (or something) very discretely…nary an oboe d’amore was heard. My birthday had suddenly taken a most depressing turn despite an excellent martini. Alas, the Kantor of Leipzig must be spinning in his grave.

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  1. patti with an i

    While I was on the massage table either last week or this week, the Spa channel of Sirius XM was playing a rendition of the Bach “Air” from one of the orchestral Suites — you know, the one about the G string? — for unaccompanied soprano sax. Not bad, in an unsettling sort of way…

  2. I’m okay with Bach any which way as long as it is played well. This Facebook person just cracked me up. Had I known him I might have suggested he relax a wee bit! :-)

  3. Yes, Patti with an i, I’ve also heard some amazing renditions on the massage table. The most notable one in recent memory was the week after I’d been hearing our soloist play the Mozart clarinet concerto so beautifully – it was a souped up version of the slow movement from that, for piano and strings. Took me a moment to get my bearings!

  4. I’m with Facebook guy. The rhythm section would have had me yelling “check please!”