J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis 565
Johann Sebastian Bach (Saxe-Eisenach, now Germany), 1685-1750.

One of the popular compositions out there, by perhaps the best of all classical composers. I am not not specially fan of this composition, but it is a must. It is an organ composition that is usually linked to horror movies, specially since the film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera.

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P. Picaso – Guernica (1937)

Pablo Picasso (Spain), 1881-1973.

Guernica was painted in response to the air bombings by German and Italian forces in the village of Guernica, in the Basque Country. It depicts the tragedy and suffering of people and animals, some of them with strong symbolisms such as the bull, the horse, the mother and child, that the attacks brought to the village. It was painted by Picasso in Paris, and did not visit Spain until 1981, once democracy ruled in Spain. More info in wikipedia.

Guernica

A. Vivaldi – Summer (1725)

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate”.
Antonio Vivaldi (Rep. of Venice, now Italy), 1678-1741.

This is one of my all time favourites. Even though “The Four Seasons” is perhaps one of the best classical songs, among those that everyone would recognize together with Beethoven or Bach, “Summer” has something special.

Art Review

I start this blog aimed at reviewing classic art pieces, music, paintings, books, and even operas, theater, movies given the case. The selection is focused on classical art, but I would like to cover pieces of all time, always that they are the very best well known examples in art, the ones which are often referred to as standards in jazz or even canons. The pieces reviewed here represent a good sample of the roots and idiosyncrasy of our human civilization culture, not only Western but taken as a whole, from the early writings until the current books, from the first songs until the current compositions.

This blog is aimed at expanding and founding my currently limited knowledge on art in general, so take it as a personal blog for myself, which I make public just in case anyone finds it also useful or interesting. I hope you like it.