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100 Philosophers 100 Artworks 100 Words #31

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Philosopher: Michael Kremer (University of Chicago)

Artwork: J. S. Bach, The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012. Performed by Yo-yo Ma; recorded in 1983. (Sony Classical)

100 Words: Well, anything by Bach really. I have loved Bach since falling asleep as a child to the sound of my father playing Two-part Inventions downstairs.

This recording is one of my favorites. It feels to me earthy and real, with occasional rough edges peeking through the wonderful playing. I like to listen to this especially in the Fall; it seems to suit the darkening, shortening days, the falling leaves, the coming cold of Winter. My children have grown up with this as a kind of seasonal tradition.

One thought on “100 Philosophers 100 Artworks 100 Words #31

  1. Yes it is so beautiful, and if you ever try to play Bach it is so rewarding (even though I am a terrible player, I played viola in high school along with the Double Violin concerto). If you love Bach you MUST watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWv21DKwBFg

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