Yes, I know it’s from his Christmas Oratorio, but I’ve never been one to follow the calendar where music’s concerned. I’ll listen to traditional holiday music in the spring or summer, heck, yeah!
Speaking of calendars, I got a bit confused at first when looking up Bach’s birthday. Apparently he’s got two (see Wikipedia entry) because of the shift from the Julian to the Gregorian calendars. I tend to default to the Gregorian calendar (well, duh…), but if the local classical music station’s celebrating his birthday via the Julian schedule, I’m not complaining. If anything, it’ll give me more reason to celebrate his birthday again on March 31 following our current calendar. XD
I’m such a nerd, it’s painful.
And since we’re looking at German artists, I’m in the mood for some historical fun, and I just remembered that Netflix streaming finally has this available, for which I squee to the high heavens:
Critics have been lukewarm about the film because of the liberties it took on Goethe’s life, but at the moment, I don’t care. I’ve watched so many staid or melodramatic historical shows or films through the years*, and I’m in the mood for period pieces that are a little more – how does one say it without enraging purists? – irreverent in their treatment of their subjects, even great figures in art like Goethe. Besides, judging from the trailer alone, one can pretty much see that it’s not going to be a deep, thoughtful exploration of his early years as a fledgling artist.
I’m hoping, anyway, that I won’t DNF it the way I DNF’d Mozart’s Sister. We shall see…
* I watched the first episode of Downton Abbey to see what the fuss is about, and massive Anglophile I might be, I just couldn’t, COULDN’T get into it.