Song of the Week: Bach Ball

Song of the Week

It’s time for our Song of the Week again! I hope you all have been enjoying reading this blog as much as I’ve been enjoying writing it.

As we are so close to the holidays, today’s blog will be provided in five bullet-points for your quick and easy consumption as you are running around doing a million other things. Enjoy!

Bach Ball – en Bullets

  • “Bach Ball” is adapted from a piece composed by…. You guessed it… BACH! Johann Sebastian Bach to be exact, often regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. You’ve heard of him. Thus, the song “Bach Ball” was born. Because we roll balls to the Bach in Music Class.
Bach
  • Have you ever wondered why the heck we actually use balls in class? Like what is the educational value here? One of our main objectives is to expose kids to this style of music. And not just “expose” as in passively listening to classical music in the background kind of way, instead we use the balls to directly interact with the music. It’s a totally different experience to sing along and roll or tap, or sit and bounce on the ball with the beat. Even though the ball song may appear to be one of the LEAST focused times in Music Class, it’s actually super educationally valuable. (And sometimes yes, maybe a little crazy. But fun crazy. Ok, that was a long bullet.)
  • The original piece by Bach is called the “Little Fugue” or “Fugue in G Minor”. It’s one of his most recognizable compositions and was originally written for organ. You can hear the organ on our Music Class recording, in addition to a brass quintet. (2 trumpets + 1 French horn + 1 trombone + 1 tuba = 1 brass quintet)
Quintet
  • “Fugue in G Minor” is in what key you ask? G Minor of course I reply! (Bach was very literal) We changed our version of “Bach Ball” to the key of D Minor, because we're rebels. Actually the vast majority of Music Class songs are in the key of D because the easiest vocal range for children to sing is between the notes D and A.
  • Finally – please watch this amazing animation of the score. This is basically a visual representation of the notes played by each instrument as they occur. (If you ever liked playing Guitar Hero or have tried the virtual reality game Beat Saber… this will appeal to you.) You will be mesmerized – and your kids will too!

 

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