WQXR presents Bach 360°, a ten-day festival that explores how J.S. Bach resonates with today’s audiences. WQXR will be presenting over 200 hours of the music of J.S. Bach, from March 21 (the composer's birthday) through March 31 (Easter Sunday).

The festival also features commentary from experts and fans, in-studio performances, a live four-hour "Bach Lounge" performance from The Greene Space, plus podcasts, themed playlists, free downloads and contributions from the worlds of jazz, folk and bluegrass.

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Bach 360°: Chorales, Cantatas and an Oratorio for Easter

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two things are certain about the classical music calendar: Handel at Christmas and Bach at Easter. For the final day of Bach 360°, read more about the Easter-themed works.

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Bach 360°: What Type of Singers Did Bach Prefer?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

What kinds of voices did Bach have in mind for his vocal works? Which voice type is most capable of communicating the composer's music: boy sopranos, countertenors or women?

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Bach 360°: The Passions, Ravishing and Disputed

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bach's St. John Passion is among the great monuments of the choral literature but it is also controversial for its setting of the St. John Passion. Find out why and leave a comment.

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Bach 360°: How Bach Scored with the Keyboard

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beyond religion, beyond duty, beyond fashion lies J.S. Bach’s music for keyboard. Read David Patrick Stearns's take on the composer's epic keyboard works and get a free download.

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Five Great Bach Guitar Shredding Videos

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In bedrooms and living rooms around the world there are amateur rock guitarists who cut their teeth on classical music. Bach's music stands as a favorite for young guitar nerds.

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Bach 360°: Cross-Genre Reinventions

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

No other composer has spurred as many reinterpretations as Bach, from jazz and bluegrass to rock. Author Paul Elie considers why. Plus: get a free Bach download.

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Bach and Forth

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

For a special Bach 360 edition of the Young Artists Showcase, host Bob Sherman presents some interesting performances on instruments and in arrangements that Johann Sebastian wouldn’t have imagined.

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Video: Organist Paul Jacobs Makes a 'Glorious Racket' in Bach

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In this video, Juilliard organ department chairman Paul Jacobs shows us how Bach is played on the pipe organ.

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Café Concert: Isabelle Faust

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In an age when crossover-slanted, heavily promoted violin babes are a staple of record industry marketing, Isabelle Faust’s career seems cut from a different cloth.

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Bach 360°: Dance in the Music of Bach

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

While it's doubtful Bach intended his music for dancing, he wrote his share of gigues, sarabandes and gavottes. Read our top five and get a free download. 

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Bach to the '80s

Monday, March 25, 2013


In the 1980s, WQXR's This is My Music featured at least 20 famous folks (from politicians to fashion models) who included a Bach piece in their all time top 4 musical pieces.

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Bach 360°: The Man About Leipzig

Monday, March 25, 2013

In the New York real estate market, buyers and renters worry about space, light and location. Nearly 300 years ago J.S. Bach faced many of the same preoccupations when he moved to Leipzig.

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Bach 360°: The Cantatas

Sunday, March 24, 2013

As the Bach 360 festival turns its focus Sunday to J.S. Bach's cantatas, Operavore writer Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers the universality of the sacred vocal works, in light of a controversial recording series.

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On-Demand Video: The Bach Lounge

Saturday, March 23, 2013

On Saturday, The Greene Space was the setting for The Bach Lounge, a two-part evening featuring cross-genre interpretations of J.S. Bach's work. Watch the archived video to part two.

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Bach 360°: The Well-Tempered Clavier

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Bach 360 festival continues with a focus on Bach's two books of 24 preludes and fugues, written to celebrate the modern system of tuning. Read about their "hidden" meanings and get a free download.

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Top Five Deployments of the B-A-C-H Motif

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hundreds of composers have paid the father of classical music homage by incorporating the B-A-C-H motif in their music. We’ve gathered our favorite five.

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Bach 360°: Being Bach

Friday, March 22, 2013

As we continue with our ten-day festival, we look at the colorful life of Bach, one full of full of professional intrigue, unjust treatment and domestic misfortune. Read more and get a free download.

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We Got Your Bach: Bach 360's Generator of Bach Puns

Thursday, March 21, 2013

From the very first mention of the Bach 360 festival, we haven't been able to help ourselves when it comes to Bach puns. Really, we can't help ourselves.

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Bach 360°: The Many Forms of Bach

Thursday, March 21, 2013

For the next 10 days, WQXR will be presenting the complete works of J.S. Bach – some 1100 in all. Get a free download, read our introductory essay and check out programming highlights.

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Does Bach Need 'Rescuing' from Period Instruments?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In recent months, symphony orchestras have returned to the music of J.S. Bach with a vengeance. Are they on the right track or should Bach be the domain of early-music specialists?

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