My Favorite Music
February 22, 2007
I've loved music ever since I was a teenager - before that
I just liked it. I spend a lot of time listening to it,
thinking about it, playing it
and trying to record it.
So, I'm finally going
to break down and talk about it. I'll just say a bit
about my favorite pieces: only a few at first, then gradually more.
Since part of my goal is to get people to hear some great
stuff they might not have known about, I won't mainly talk about
the most popular pieces or musicians. Instead, I'll focus on
some pieces that represent perfection to me - perfection of very
Names of pieces are in italics, album titles in boldface.
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Johann Sebastian Bach,
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin,
BWV 1001-1006, arranged for 8-string guitar
and played by Paul Galbraith on Bach: the Sonatas and
Franz Joseph Hayden,
H. 16/46, 16/47, 16/44 and 16/2,
arranged for 8-string guitar and played by Paul Galbraith
on Paul Galbraith Plays Haydn.
Jon Hassell and Brian Eno,
Charm (over "Burundi Cloud"),
from Possible Musics.
Plastikman (Richie Hawtin), Consumed.
Steve Reich, Sextet,
from Sextet/Six Marimbas, performed
by Steve Reich and Musicians with members of Nexus and the
Manhattan Marimba Quartet.
Francisco Tárrega, Recuerdos
de la Alhambra, played
by André Segovia on disc 2 of
André Segovia: A Centenary Celebration.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the
inexpressible is music. -
© 2007 John Baez