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Although any transcription of Bach's music is by definition in the Public Domain, these 'interpretations' ARE copyrighted as performances:

This music may not be reproduced by any means without the expressed written permission of S. D. Rodrian... with the one exception that these MP3 files may be freely distributed through the WWW as long as they are not modified in any way.

        All Copyright (P) 1997   Mr. S. D. Rodrian      

I am making these MP3 files available now (rather than later) because I have reached a point of diminishing returns in their editing. That is, theoretically the pieces can always come closer still to the way I think they ought to be interpreted--but not by so much that it justifies my spending all that much more effort on it. Although it was fun while it lasted, it's time to work on something else now.

This music may not be reproduced by any means without the expressed written permission of S. D. Rodrian... with the one exception that these MP3 files may be freely distributed through the WWW as long as they are not modified in any way.

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Johann Sebastian Bach's 'little' organ fugue in G minor is almost a perfect jewel, both sweet and angelic... its theme is so easy to follow that this piece is probably one of the best intros to both contrapuntal writing and to Bach himself.

Johann Sebastian Bach's great Passacaglia & Fugue in c minor is typical of Bach in the sense that no one else could sustain musical ideas quite like him. Only the greatest movements in Beethoven come anywhere near the concentration and sheer imagination displayed in this really impressive masterpiece.

Johann Sebastian Bach's fabulously famous Toccata & Fugue in D minor is a very loud and exciting piece which was probably designed by Bach to rouse up the parishioners (certainly the celebrated opening phrases of the toccata sound like a wake-up call).

Johann Sebastian Bach's incredible Toccata, Adagio & Fugue is probably my favorite of all Bach's organ pieces--which is saying a lot. But I can never get enough of the sheer joy and delight of the toccata, of the sublimity of its Adagio, nor of the excitement of the concluding Fugue. And, somehow, it always suggests to me something like a stupendously fully-formed classical concerto or a sonata-form without actually having such 'forms' (and all contrapuntal considerations aside)... you know: allegro, adagio moderato, presto.

More to come perhaps... LATER

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