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Favorite Something (Bach) -- UChicago Optional


Ender 2 / 17  
Dec 30, 2010   #1
Describe some of your favorite things:

I remember being shocked when I picked up 1421. 'The Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, seventy years before Columbus and Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook". Although the logs and records of this great Chinese maritime expedition were obliterated in 1421, Gavin Menzies still manages take the reader on an epic journey across the world. Many doubts and counter-claims have arisen over his hypothesis, all of which are legitimate concerns, but the book is still a joy to read not only because of its attention to detail but also because of the energy and passion he devotes into his historical narrative.

I never paid much attention to Prelude in C Major by Bach. However, after doing my IB extended essay on statistical patterns in classical music, I began to appreciate Bach much more, whose pieces are often described as 'precision in mathematics'. Did you know that even after periodic removal of 31/32 of its notes (leaving 12 notes!), Prelude in C Major by Bach still keeps its general structure? On the other hand, I love Curtis Mayfield's Don't Worry because of its wild yet skillfully orchestrated blend of guitar, strings, drums and bass.

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melkorthefoul 13 / 31  
Dec 30, 2010   #2
I picked up 1421.

And this is... I mean, I found out through a quick google, but the admin officer may not have the patience to do so.

" The Chinese had circumnavigated

never paid much attention to Prelude in C Major by Bach.

Why not? Did you not know it existed? Did you find the melody boring? Just expand a bit.

really began to appreciate Bach, whose pieces are often described as 'precision in mathematics' .

Did you know that even after the periodic removal of 31/32 of its notes (leaving only 12 notes! out of? )

It works great otherwise. Good luck!
OP Ender 2 / 17  
Dec 30, 2010   #3
Thanks so much!
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Jan 3, 2011   #4
I'm not helping until I see you give more than a line of feedback to other essayists!

:-)


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