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Happy 323rd Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach!


Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, 323 years ago. He was a very important composer who “drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.”

Rob noticed that a local church, the Petruskirche, was putting on a “Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian” organ concert last night, so we went. It was beautiful. The lights were dimmed and the organ stood at the back of the church, so from our seats, we could see only the alter. I listened with my eyes closed and just concentrated on the sounds filling the church.

Here’s the program:

The organist, Kantor Michael Harry Poths from Stadtkirche Grünberg, even played an encore. Although I don’t remember the title exactly, it was a Phantasie.

I am really glad we went! Happy birthday, Bach!

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2 thoughts on “Happy 323rd Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach!

  1. Linden

    17 Mar on 2008 at 14:16

    @topher: Re. candles: No kidding!!

    I actually grew up in Overland Park, and I love KC. Springfield was my Missouri home, though.

    I’ve already added your blog (and the GarfieldMinusGarfield blog too1) to my feed reader. I like running blogs that are funny (check!) and running blogs written by people who like food (check!). Thanks for introducing yourself!

    Glad you’ve enjoyed the blog so far. We’re planning at least one other big trip in 2008, so there will be more travel stories. Plus, I try to write about differences between MO and Germany, which are hopefully interesting. :)

  2. Topher

    17 Mar on 2008 at 13:50

    Dude, that’s like a ton of candles to blow out. I found your blog via Frayed Laces. I live in the Kansas City area (but on the Kansas side) so I was interested when you said you’re from MO.

    Looks like a cool blog with pics to boot. It’s great seeing other parts of the world on others’ blogs, especially while stuck living in the midwest.