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March 27, 2013

Bach in a birthday hatFor those of you who missed last weekend’s Bach Around the Clock performance, never fear! You can listen to the Landmarks Orchestra Brass Ensemble online now. The event ran from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Boston. It was a birthday celebration like no other, with 12 hours of performances by local artists and some fascinating conversations about Bach’s life and work.

Some of you may be wondering why Bach’s birthday festivities were held so early when his birthday is actually on March 31. It’s a rather interesting tale of two calendars, one of which (Julian) was replaced by the other (Gregorian), but not simultaneously world-wide. In fact, it was over 200 years before consensus could be reached on the New Calendar. Today countries have different ways of tracking dates from the transitory years.

When Bach was born in 1865, the current, new style (N.S), Gregorian calendar had been in existence for 103 years, but it was not universally accepted, as such, some say he was born on March 21, which would be his birthday under the old style (O.S) Julian calendar while others celebrate on March 31st (his birthday under the current style of calendar).  We recommend celebrating Bach on both days. He deserves it!

“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe” – Douglas Adams

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