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The little wooden ball looks so happy

Why I wuvs capitalism, part Umpteen Hundred and Two.

No. 6: Bach on a Japanese forest xylophone. It’s actually a mobile phone advert.

23 comments to The little wooden ball looks so happy

  • From there I ended up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipp0H8tv5Hw (I think he’s 14 in that video).

  • Alan Little

    But they’re appropriating our cultural heritage!!! [Apoplexy]


  • Libertarian

    I know what you’re saying (and I agree) but wouldn’t “freedom” or “liberty” be a better word here instead of “capitalism”? With the exception of the sponsored forest xylophone.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    Alan Little, if you haven’t already, take a look at this, which I found via Instapundit: Why I can’t stand White belly dancers. I was pleased by the general tone of the comments.

    Libertarian, my point was that the forest xylophone, which must have taken a lot of work, money, time and ingenuity to build, was financed because it was a mobile phone advertisement. Much as I also like muppets playing Bach, puppets plus classical music can be and has been done well by communist film studios.

  • Alan Little

    Natalie: yes, that’s what I was referring to.

    The Tokyo Quartet’s recording of Beethoven’s Heiliger Dankgesang is a plausible contender for Absolute Pinnacle Of Human Cultural Achievement, ergo, “appropriation” is a Good Thing.

  • Laird

    Rob, thanks for that link. Great playing of one of my favorite pieces.

    Runcie, that one is OK, but electrifying or “rockifying” (is either a word?) Bach doesn’t do much for me, especially when they didn’t really do anything to exploit the differences between their instrument and the pipe organ. If you really want a non-organ transcription of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor this one is by far the best. They are some of the best players in the world.

    I quite enjoyed the forest xylophone; it’s been around for a while now but is always fun to watch. And that Lady Gaga fugue is brilliant.

  • Snorri Godhi

    Admirers of the Toccata & Fugue BWV 565 should be aware that there are questions about the JS Bach attribution:

    That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy it if it’s not true Bach.

  • Julie near Chicago


    Lies! Horrible, evil LIES!! COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA !!!

    The BACH D-m is my WEDDING MUSIC, played by my very own conservatory-trained concert-organist mother, at my and my Honey’s request, and I cannot tell you how much I resent WikiFOOTia for trying to RUIN MY WEDDING!

    There now. Consider the article’s thesis successfully refuted. :>))

  • The Brandenburg Concertos are better, anyway.

  • Laird

    What Julie said.

    I refute it thus (stamps foot).

  • OK, the orchestral suits without the link – happy now?

  • Snorri Godhi

    In general, i think of Bach not as a composer but as a Prophet, and i think a week without listening to Bach as a wasted week*.

    This is where the issue of authorship becomes important: is BWV 565 a Divine Revelation or not?

    The older i get, the more i appreciate the Brandenburg Concertos…i don’t know what that means about said Concertos.
    However, my fav Bach remains:
    sonatas + partitas for solo violin;
    suites for solo cello;
    concertos for 1 or 2 violins;
    in no particular order.

    * the same for a week without the soundtrack of Conan the Barbarian.

  • Rob

    For me the Passacaglia, pure grandeur.

  • Snorri Godhi

    A couple of quotes from the Bluffer’s Guide to Music seem appropriate:

    “Like cold showers and hot baths, Bach’s music is an almost satisfactory substitute for sex. Its purity grips minds slightly too rarefied to be properly religious.”

    “Any suggestion that you can take Bach as good clean fun can earn you a very nasty reputation. You must take Bach seriously or not at all.”

  • Mr Ed

    In terms of voluntarism, the best sounds to my ear emanate from the last flying Vulcan bomber, which, having spent its formative years poised to annihilate Soviet power should the ultimate showdown have come, is enjoying a happy post-retirement renaissance having been restored to flight until 2015 entirely on the back of private donations.

  • Totally with you there, Ed. First time I heard The Howl I almost keeled over from excitement 😀

  • OK, the orchestral suits without the link – happy now?

    I prefer the orchestral dresses myself. :-p

  • I was struck once again by the clean and elegant asian aesthetic that the video shows… instantly relaxing and energizing at the same time. Elevating Man’s spirit is the best work Man can do. Plus you get a cool cell phone.

  • Thanks Ted – I knew something was wrong with it…:-O