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J. S. Bach

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
Juan Downey

Downey, Juan

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See "New Television, Episode 302 (1987)" and "New Television, Episode 101 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"J. S. Bach" was broadcast as Episode 302 of the 1987 season, and Episode 101 of the 1991 season of "New Television." It is the fourth piece in a series by Downey entitled, "The Thinking Eye." It may have received some funding from the "New Television" series.

A black-and-white photographic print shows a monitor still from the piece. See "New Television, Episode 302 (1987)" and "New Television, Episode 101 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Video artist Downey uses dramatic special effects to examine the life and works of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Shot mostly in the wintery East German towns where Bach lived and worked, this layered, impressionistic video portrait of the composer reconstructs a path through Bach's eighteenth-century life and the source of his musical inspiration." -- press release.

The piece is divided into three sections -- Death, Flashback, and Counterpoint. Text by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Bach biographer Albert Schweitzer is incorporated. Factual information about Bach's life is presented along with scenes from towns such as Leipzig, where he lived. An image of a man riding a horse across a snowy landscape is repeated. The work is dedicated to Downey's mother and is approximately 27 and one-half minutes long.

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is featured throughout and is performed by Giorgy Sandor, Elaine Comparone, and the
St. Thomas Church's Choir and Cantor.

Downey, Marilys B. (Associate Producer)
Puccio, Carlos (Assistant Producer)

Navarro, Marcelo (Offline Editor)

New York State Council on the Arts
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts
American Film Institute

Sandor, Giorgy (Piano)
Comparone, Elaine (Harpsichord)
St. Thomas Church's Choir and Cantor
Labarca, Guillermo (An Artist)
Meyers, Steve (Albert Schweitzer)
Dines, Carol (A TV Newscaster)

Germany (East)
Bach, Johann Sebastian

See Also:
New Television, Episode 302 (1987)

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