Bach: Sinfonia in G Minor

Bach is universally considered a Baroque period composer, meaning that he lived earlier than composers like Mozart and Haydn, who are considered to be Classical period composers.

This was long before the Romantic period. The general idea of Bach’s music is rather mechanical, precise, mathematical, without the extreme amount of feeling and emotion that we hear about 100 years later. However, this is extremely misleading.

In fact, this piece in my mind is one of the most intimate and expressive things he ever wrote. The period is “Baroque”, but the feel to me is highly romantic.

Sinfonia in G minor: Played by Gary Lloyd

3 thoughts on “Bach: Sinfonia in G Minor

  1. While the mathematical part of his composing is still slightly here in this “Sinfonia”, it really feels it’s only one part of the bigger picture. I have never realized how precise and mechanical Bach’s pieces were until I read the flavor text and listened to the music. Even though this doesn’t sound like Bach, it feels like Bach, and I still appreciate it as a Bach piece.

  2. It is indeed and expressive piece of music, and I’d say, downright moving.

    A thought about “Baroque”, “Classical” etc. which I think you’ll resonate with. When I was studying music history, the book I was using insisting on putting its chapters into time periods such as “the early 18th century” . They argued that there is no such thing as all composers suddenly all writing in a style called “Baroque” and played in that style – then suddenly there is this thing called “Classical” etc. Instead music evolved, individual musicians invented their individual things and influenced each other. In some courses we’re given like a list of the hallmarks of “Baroque”, “Classical” etc. and it ain’t so. It can also lead to what you have just refuted as “extremely misleading”. (end of inspired tangent. 😉 )

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