Johann Sebastian Bach

I'm far from the first musician whose heart has been touched by Bach's music, and I won't be the last. I've played all of his harpsichord music at one time or another, and started to record it. Then a creep rubber-banded the tempi, pretended they were his and were played on a piano, legally copyrighted the results in the USA, and threatened legal action against sites that refused to carry them.

One of them was a recording I made for my daughter just before she died of brain cancer. He removed the prayer for her that I had placed in the recording. The sites that carry his files know what happened, and don't care.

I play for myself and friends now.
You can listen to my recordings done to that point at several sites, notably at Dave's J.S.Bach Page, or by downloading my zip file.
I thank David for his support during this period.

Two brief notes that are relevant to my recordings:
- Bach did not invent a tuning scale, nor did he compose for equal-tempering. He wrote for a wohltemperierte, a 'good' tempering, specifically tunings similar to that we call Werkmeister III today. What he invented was equal-tempered composing, the techniques of controlling consonance so that music could have a consistent style in all keys while remaining in tune on harpsichord or organ.
- Bach was well aware of the piano, in fact he was agent for a piano maker during his later years. Further, although I play the Italian Concerto with cross-manual technique common to German organists of the time, it bears strong evidence of having been written for fortepiano.

John Sankey