*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List


Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated his towering musical monuments to the glory of God alone and the refreshment of the Spirit. In this course we will seek to experience the incredible breadth and depth of a few of his great works through listening to recorded passages and viewing performances on film, when available. After first becoming acquainted with the elements of his style as found in his keyboard music, we will move on to his concertos, sonatas, suites, and sacred vocal music. Hopefully, we will acquire an ever-deeper understanding of Bach’s masterpieces and develop further our skills as informed listeners.

Instructor Bio:

Donald Loach is associate professor emeritus of music at the University of Virginia, where he taught courses in music history and theory for 33 years. He also served as Music Director of the University Singers, the UVA Glee Club, the Oratorio Society of Virginia, and St. Paul’s Memorial Church. Dr. Loach received his BA at the University of Denver, a Master of Music degree in music theory from Yale University, where he was a student of Paul Hindemith, and a PhD in Musicology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Recommended Reading:

Christoph Wolff. Johann Sebastian Bach, The Learned Musician, 2001.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A105 Donald Loach Feb 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 Mo 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church WL

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