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Feel Hope in the Music!

Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance

Black Music has always played a role in American protest, hope, and resilience. 

In this FREE multi-media, web series, curator and host Michael Mwenso investigates meaningful songs from the Black roots expression that speak to the ultimate human expression.

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Musical Snack #8: Partita No. 1 in B flat, by J.S. Bach, performed by Bruce Murray

Bruce Murray's Notes

Bruce Murray writes: J.S. Bach (1685-1750) assembled many works into groups of six: six "Brandenburg Concertos", six cello suites, six "French Suites", six "English Suites", etc. especially suites, and no one knows why, although for music publishers of the time printing a group of six pieces was fairly common. There might have been theological reasons as well. The six partitas for keyboard are suites, too, and as per a certain fashion in Bach's day they comprises mostly stylized dances. Four dance types (allemande, courante/corrente, sarabande, gigue) appear in the nearly all of Bach's suites. Other dances are mixed in. The hook in the partitas is that each begins with a different free piece, a non-dancet In the B flat partita the free piece is a praeludium (which seems like a fancy word for "prelude"). The B flat is the most genial of the partitas, and it concludes with a very fast, very hard gigue that demonstrates why Bach was regarded as the greatest keyboard player of his time.

 

FREE web series in collaboration with the Oxford Community Arts Center

Musical Snacks: Mozart to Joplin with Bruce Murray

Wednesdays at noon wherever you are, take a break, a deep breath and enjoy a few minutes of exquisite piano music selected and performed by Oxford's own Bruce Murray and recorded in the beautiful ballroom of Oxford Community Arts Center.

New Episodes each Wednesday!

If you miss a week or want to re-watch a piece, don't worry, the videos will remain available on YouTube throughout Autumn.

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