Kids' Commute Michael Thurber: Five Centuries, Five Composers- 1700's

Mar 10, 2015

Take a trip back through the music ages with music buff Michael Thurber, on Kids' Commute!

This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!


Today, we’re highlighting the music for the 1700’s. Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685, in Eisenach, Germany. According to Michael, “Bach is basically the DUDE!” 

He goes on to explain that, “if you play any kind of music today, you have automatically been influenced by Bach, because he was the guy that basically made the entire system of keys and the entire system of harmonies.” 

The 1700’s are also known as Baroque music period. Most of the music written during this period was actually dance music, common for social events! 

While you are listening to the music for this episode, can you imagine you are at a grand dinner party, dancing the night away?

Music piece for today:
Bach Violin Sonata by Chris Thile

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