22 February 2024, The Tablet

Bach to the space age

by Benjamin Poore

A composer goes cosmic

Bach to the space age

This is Bach with a secular-scientific slant.


J.S. BACH, a provincial musician admired for his organ playing in eighteenth-century Leipzig, is among humanity’s most distant envoys. The so-called “Golden Record”, an LP affixed to the Voyager 1 probe at the edge of our solar system, contains three of his pieces.

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