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Classical Classroom

Ep 23: Bach’s Materials – The World Inside An Invention With Kurt Stallmann

Kurt Stallmann takes apart Bach’s Inventions and looks at the materials they’re made of.



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Composer Kurt Stallmann.
Composer Kurt Stallmann.


Continuing with our Bachtober celebration, we revisit this oldie but goody with Kurt Stallmann.

Bach’s Invention No. 1 contains an entire universe of music as we learn in this episode with Kurt Stallmann, Associate Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. It gets metaphysical up in here, you guys.

Audio production by Todd “Birthday Boy” Hulslander, with happy claps of approval by Dacia Clay.

Music in this episode includes:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Invention No. 1 in C Major (from his Inventions and Sinfonias BWV 772–801, aka the Two- and Three-Part Inventions), played by Kurt Stallmann.
  • Recording of same piece by Glen Gould: