Yes, this post is a few days late for JS Bach’s birthday. After 332 years, a few days late is timely enough.
E-mail from WQXR (sent 2017-03-23) alerted me a recent post on the WQXR Blog by James Bennett, II. Bennett’s Here’s a ‘Happy Birthday’ Fit for Bach gives Bach a great nickname and birthday tribute. Here is a short excerpt, along with an image that fits the nickname.
Giovanni Dettori reimagined the birthday song … . His treatment of the hit tune is a 91-bar fugue-fest that proves that no melody is too simple to become something much more complex. We’d like to bet that Bach, Captain Counterpoint himself, would be partial to this arrangement … .
Apart from an ending that sounds like something from the Haydn/Mozart era, Dettori’s fugue is a delightful reworking of the familiar ditty as a Big Fugue-ing Deal in true baroque style to celebrate Bach’s birthday.