Musician as Revolutionary

February 7, 2012

As the music world still absorbs the sobering fact of Gustav Leonhardt’s death, many have contributed to the widespread meditation on what he will continue to give us through his example. I have been late to come upon this extraordinarily graceful tribute to him that contains much good sense.

Thanks to Clavecin en France for leading me to that text.

My all-time favorite of his hundred-plus recordings:

That it happens to be Bach’s great funeral cantata seems heartbreaking today.

“Ja, komm, Herr Jesu!”

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