In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #76

Ep. #76 Featuring Christoph Bull on Organ
"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor"

If it were only his unfathomable compositional output, Johann Sebastian Bach would be one of the most extraordinary composers of all time. But fundamentally it was more than just the sheer breadth and depth of his compositions. He also masterfully reevaluated and expanded every notion about music that preceded him.

Bach came from an unprecedented musical family, beginning with his great-great-grandfather who passed on his musical talents to the Bachs who succeeded him. Ultimately, JS Bach picked up rudimentary string technique from his father Johann Ambrosius and began formal keyboard and organ lessons with his eldest brother Johann Christoph who was himself a pupil of famed organist Johann Pachelbel, of Pachelbel’s Canon fame!

From humble beginnings and with a passion for the performance and composition of sacred and secular music, JS Bach launched himself to the head of the pack of Baroque composers and by his death, he was one of the most celebrated musicians of his time. Sadly, as Haydn and Mozart started their meteoric rises to fame, his music was forgotten until Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn led a Bach revival replete with performances and the actual publishing of his works. The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is one composition that emerged during this revival. Written in the very early years of Bach’s history it highlights his skill and virtuosic prowess as an organist.

Joining our In A Minute! series and sharing his own artistry and virtuosic prowess is the incredible Christoph Bull.