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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is it getting Bach in here or is it just me? Yes, we're bringing sexy Bach. Are you ready to Bach around the clock?

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. So, we've embraced it and invite you to as well.

Tweet us your favorite visual or verbal Bach puns using the hashtag #Bach360 or leave them in the coments section at the bottom of this page and we'll add them to our Generator of Bach Puns (click on the Compose Another button to see more) or Bach 360 Pinterest board throughout the festival.

Yeah, we got your Bach.


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Comments [181]

Jacqueline Fischer from Great Neck, NY

What is Bach's favorite party? A Bachanalia.

Dec. 02 2014 12:11 AM
Lucy from NJ

From keyboard works and motets to chamber music, songs and cantatas, great music comes in Bachs of all sizes.

Nov. 25 2014 12:15 PM
Eric Scheinkopf from Arlington, VA

As Hamlet said - "To Bach or not to Bach"

Nov. 25 2014 11:57 AM
Andrew from 10001

What was Bach's favorite animal?
A sheep of course, BAAACH

Nov. 24 2014 01:29 PM

I'm trying to think of a new pun, but my Bach's to the wall.



Nov. 23 2014 02:40 AM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

What did J.S. Bach prefer instead of Spam?
Canned Otter

Nov. 21 2014 12:50 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

How did J.S. Bach cuss out people?
By saying "Fug-Ue"

Nov. 21 2014 12:47 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

What was the name of J.S. Bach's demolition company?

Nov. 21 2014 12:45 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

What was J.S. Bach's favorite card game?

Nov. 21 2014 12:41 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

What was J.S. Bach's favorite board game?

Nov. 21 2014 12:38 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

Q. Did J.S. Bach have an anger-management problem?
A. Of course not. He was Well-Tempered.

Nov. 21 2014 12:32 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

How did Bach celebrate a great concert performance?
By performing a bach-flip.

Nov. 21 2014 12:31 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

What was J.S. Bach's favorite movie?
Bach to the Future

Nov. 21 2014 12:27 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

Which branch of science was discovered by J.S. Bach?

Nov. 21 2014 12:26 PM
jmj616 from Brooklyn

Which American pop singer loved to perform Bach compositions?
Burt Bach-arach

Nov. 21 2014 12:24 PM
Brandon Odegaard from Manhattan

Mozart couldn't Handel being Bach on Beethoven's bad boy Liszt, so he went into Haydn.

Nov. 21 2014 09:31 AM
Doug Smith from NYC

If Bach had written a boat song would it had been called a "Bacharolle"?

Nov. 21 2014 01:39 AM
JR from Westchester, NY

Oh, my aching bach!

Nov. 20 2014 12:26 PM

Contrary to the Geico commercial evoking Old Masters ("Madest thou look!") THIS is ACTUALLY the oldest one in the book, so stop me if you've heard it:
Why did Bach have so many children?
wait for it...:
Because there were no STOPS on his ORGAN! (GROAN!)

Nov. 19 2014 09:47 AM
Maureen McNelis from Rockaway Park, NY

When Sebastian Bach died, even though it wasn't Ocktoberfest,

the people were glad to hoist the Bach Bier.

Nov. 18 2014 02:02 PM
Bonnie from Bloomfield, NJ

Are you up Schuetz Grieg without a Pachelbel? Head for the nearest stream: the Bach-Canal.

Nov. 18 2014 10:54 AM
Bonnie from Bloomfield, NJ

When you're so Bizet you're un-Raveled and can't Handel it anymore, just kick Bach and turn on WQXR.You'll soon be well tempered.

Nov. 18 2014 10:49 AM

What did the chicken exclaim when it cross the road?...

Nov. 15 2014 05:49 PM
A Pope from Staten Island, NY

I am really enjoying your month of Bach.
It has been a veritable bach-analia.

Nov. 14 2014 02:02 PM
Marge Harrison from Merrick, NY

What's the sneaker of choice of classical musicians? Bebachs

It is said that Bach has a habit of writing down musical ideas on random scraps of paper? His favorite? the bach of an envelope

Where is there a hidden tribute to the master in a Beatles song? Get bach to where you once belonged

24-hour Bach concert? Bach around the clock

Where do composers go for peace and quiet? Bach to nature

Nov. 12 2014 08:38 AM
James from Red Bank, NJ

Thanks to all of you at WQXR for your Bach-breaking work!

Nov. 10 2014 08:16 PM
James from Red Bank, NJ

If Walter White were smithing music instead of meth, his alias might have been Heisenbach.

Nov. 10 2014 04:45 PM
James from Red Bank, NJ

Maybe one day we'll see a bio-pic film on the composer starring Adam Sandler called, "You Don't Mess with the Johann."

Nov. 10 2014 04:21 PM
James from Red Bank, NJ

Perhaps next year you'll feature Bachstock through the 10th month of Bachtober?

Nov. 10 2014 04:18 PM
Tim from Brooklyn

What was Bach's favorite Chinese meal? BACHchoy.

Nov. 05 2014 03:14 PM
Mary Heller from United States

We have a welcome mat: Bach later; Offenbach sooner.

Nov. 05 2014 01:18 PM
Ron Owens from Mountain Lakes, NJ

Years ago when there was such a thing as Junior High School (pre "Middle School"), I taught general music to seventh graders. To make the curriculum more palatable to my pimple growing students, I liked to tell them interesting stories about the lives of the composers. On an end of the marking period quiz, I asked the kids to tell me what they remembered about the composers. One boy wrote, "Johann Sebastian Bach had thirteen children. He practiced on a spinster in the attic. "

Nov. 05 2014 12:34 PM
Ron Owens from Mountain Lakes, NJ

If a classical music station was going to form a softball team, their name might be "Bach's Office Hits."

Nov. 05 2014 12:24 PM
Mark Greenberg from Bronx NY

In the old days when the Moscow Philharmonic played the Orchestral Suites, it was Bach in the USSR.

Nov. 05 2014 12:02 PM
Karl Shefelman

What did Arnold Schwarzenager say when he was asked to play the lead role in an up coming bio pic about Bach?

"I'LL BE BACH" ...of course :)

Nov. 04 2014 01:32 PM
Conscious at last from USA

...real busy today... so, I'll be off 'n Bach/back (two fer one!)

Nov. 03 2014 01:09 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richhard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Frankly, as a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor with a three octave range which even on my acuti, highest pitches, remains masculine, even heroic, I am not obsessed by the timbre of thre voice so much as the musicianship and beauty of the toine quality. BACH has been transposed to many formats, including the MOOG and other electronic representations. BACH's music is universal and appreciated by the most unlikely panorama of chamber music enthusiasts, punk rock singers and their fans and everyone in between in terms of style or format appreciation. WAGNER's DIE MEISTERSINGER owes much in its composition to WAGNER's amazement at the contrapuntal schematic of BACH's music. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My websites where one may download, free, my singing of 37 out of the 100 selections that I have sung in four solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to Recorded Selections on; www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com.
Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are: Tristan, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan, Federico, Eleazar. and Judas Maccabaeus.

Apr. 02 2013 02:31 PM


Apr. 01 2013 07:19 AM
Lois Morgan from New York City

What a glorious tribute to Bach and to life! I am very grateful to WQXR for celebrating Bach's birthday with this 10-day span of inspired and inspiring music. Thank you! (And yes, I contributed,too)

Mar. 31 2013 11:54 PM
Jean Savage

I have enjoyed waking up every morning to Bach, it made my day. Bach is one of my favorite composers and I couldn't be more thrill to hear him 24 hours a day. I hope that it's done again some time in the future.

Mar. 31 2013 11:44 PM
Marina from Slate Hill, NY

Thanks to you, I have not watched television in 10 days, and have not felt the lack. Ending with the B-Minor Mass is an inspired idea, a glorious finale. Yes, I made a donation. I wanted the Bach bag.

Mar. 31 2013 10:55 PM
Wilma Hurwitz from Montclair NJ

This superb Bach fest on WQXR has been a "Bachanale" of his music. Superbly designed and delightful. My whistling muscles have been getting some workout with all the tunes I've grown to know and love!

Thanks to you and this comprehensive programming.

Mar. 31 2013 10:37 PM

I have enjoyed the Bach 360 immensely. The total immersion into the works of Bach especially during Easter/Passover is genius. I hope that WQXR will make this an annual staple.
Thank you !!!

Mar. 31 2013 10:36 PM
Marcella from Bronx, NY

Bachi e abbracci...

Mar. 31 2013 09:39 PM
Margaret Sisko from New York, NY

Bach 360 was a beuatiful Easter gift. I love the oratorios. Most of all I love the presentation of strings, piano, organ, and voice for this magnificent music.

Mar. 31 2013 09:26 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Hallelujah!!! Tomorrow it's Bach to your regular programming!

Mar. 31 2013 09:25 PM
Ruth from Teaneck, NJ

Five friends came. for Easter dinner today and unbeknownst to m, we have all been listening to every moment of Bach360. We agreed that the last 11 days couldn't have been better. We hope that you will do it again sometime!

PS. The App is wonderful!

Mar. 31 2013 08:24 PM

@Howard Thaler from Floral Park, NY:
Perhaps Bach could not rise to the occasion of pastry chef due to a lack of enough dough-re-mi to afford a well-tempered oven, in other words, he was baroque.

Mar. 31 2013 08:04 PM

I personally have enjoyed this program, puns and all. Although I sympathize with others that haven't enjoyed it as much as I have. To the point that Yvonne brought up, perhaps a more spread out program, with the first hour of every host devoted to the artist of note, would be a happy medium. Bach on!

Mar. 31 2013 07:29 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

They say that at one point in his life, Bach tried to give up composing and become a pastry chef, but, unfortunately, things never really panned out for him. As a matter of fact, his brief excursion into the world of food preparation was pretty much a total deBACHle. Fortunately, within a very short while Bach regained his composure, and was soon cooking up masterpieces of the musical variety once again.

Mar. 31 2013 07:16 PM

Why all the Bach puns in English, when all the music is being sung in the original German? Since this is an American radio station, looking at Bach from every angle, why not have some of it sung in English translation? Not ONE piece sung so we can understand the words? That really takes me aBach.

Mar. 31 2013 07:03 PM
Pearl Rosenstein from 218 Dogwood Lane, Hartsdale, New York

I love WQXR and I love Bach. I am a pianist and enjoy playing Bach. I am also a doner to the station to which I have listened to since I was a child. However, this week I listened to the rock stations, and the news stations. I was hoping that each time I turned to WQXR in the AM, it would be over. I have had enough of Bach.. Maybe I'm one of the few, but I can't stand it anymore. It all sounds the same, now.. I hope I don't hear it played for a very long time. And I hope that this isn't a preview of other Easter Weeks. In other words, I am all Bachsed out.,I am hoping that by tomorrow, Monday, April 1st, I will hear Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Mozart.....anything but Bach.

Pearl Rosenstein

Mar. 31 2013 06:08 PM
winnifred lamptey from New York

I am always grateful that there is WQXR, that when I awake each morning there is some good music to hear, listen to and enjoy. The playlist does not always include what I like and enjoy, but it's usually sufficiently pleasant.

I could listen to Bach for two years non-stop and not tire of it; I must confess, though, that I have missed hearing a bit of Faure here and there, as ell as Vaughan Williams, Beetoven and a couple of others without having to play some of my own collection. Still, I have rather enjoyed this Bach-fest, although I must wonder how the programmers got this outrageous idea approved by - whomever. I think it's reckless and rather inconsiderate. There are people who contribute a lot of money to this station; they tune in to hear a variety of music - well, sort of. Should some of them happen not to appreciate Bach's music, they must stay away from the radio station they help keep on the air for 10 days. That's a third of a month. I wonder if that occurred to the programmers, and if so, what would they say those listeners? I feel rather badly for them, and I usually don't care what other people think, do or say.

Then, I dislike puns immensely. I think they're silly, they're painfully forced and entirely unnecessary.

Last, a word to the person who referred to Roger Federer's BACKhand: Gasquet's is loads better,more beautiful and captivating than Federer's. So is Hass's, and half a dozen others'.
Winns/New York

Mar. 31 2013 05:09 PM
Stuart Silver from Scarsdale NY

I love J.S. but it is true that not every note he composed is of equal merit--and yes, it can become somewhat tiring. But on the whole, this has been a wonderful immersion, a kind of tutorial. I heard many works for the first time, and discovered-and rediscovered- amazing performers and ensembles.

So as the festival draws to a close,I offer my thanks to WQXR.
I have one more thing to add:

Y'all come Bach soon, hear?!


Mar. 31 2013 04:58 PM
Stuart Silver from Scarsdale NY

I love J.S. but it is true that not every note he composed is of equal merit--and yes, it can become somewhat tiring. But on the whole, this has been a wonderful immersion, a kind of tutorial. I heard many works for the first time, and discovered-and rediscovered- amazing performers and ensembles.

So as the festival draws to a close,I offer my thanks to WQXR.
I have one more thing to add:

Y'all come Bach soon, hear?!


Mar. 31 2013 04:58 PM
Stuart Silver from Scarsdale NY

I love J.S. but it is true that not every note he composed is of equal merit--and yes, it can become somewhat tiring. But on the whole, this has been a wonderful immersion, a kind of tutorial. I heard many works for the first time, and discovered-and rediscovered- amazing performers and ensembles.

So as the festival draws to a close,I offer my thanks to WQXR.
I have one more thing to add:

Y'all come Bach soon, hear?!


Mar. 31 2013 04:57 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

Johann Sebastian Bach was walking down the street one afternoon in Leipzig. A music-hater spotted him, picked up a piece of dog poop, and flung it at his head. Bach ducked, and the poop sailed past, missing the great man by barely a quarter of an inch.
-What has this incident come to be known as?
-This incident has gone down in history as a "Close Encounter of the Turd Kind."

Mar. 31 2013 04:21 PM
Pamela from Brooklyn, NY

Bravo to Bach! WQXR's 10-day total immersion is brilliant! Coupled with the fascinating "factoids" about Bach, this wonderful excursion is tantamount to enrolling in an advanced music class. I wish you could program a similar event devoted to Antonio Vivaldi. The Baroque era is the best! Fantastic research and programming. Keep it up!

Mar. 31 2013 02:58 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

This has absolutely nothing to do with Bach puns, but did you hear about the big Santa Claus scandal? Yea, it was discovered that Santa is a dirty old man, and that he's been consorting with prostitutes three at a time. The way they found out is that somebody asked him, "What did you get for Christmas last year?" and Santa answered, "Ho....Ho....Ho!"

Mar. 31 2013 02:55 PM
Yvonne Armstrong from Westchester County

I'm so glad we're at the end of this Bachanalia! While I applaud the wish to provide the listening audience w/a wide sampling of Bach's works, not everything he wrote was genius. I just heard Clayelle announce that this (Bach 360) may be repeated next year so I would like to offer a suggestion. Whether with Bach or Beethoven (or any other composer you may be thinking of highlighting) do a month-long program but only feature the composer's music during a particular hour. That way, those of us who don't particularly enjoy hearing that composer's music can make other listening choices for that hour. (During these past 10 days, I listened to other radio stations or CDs for significant portions of the day in order to get away from the over-saturation of Bach. I can't wait for you to get bach to your regular programming!

Mar. 31 2013 02:54 PM
Steve from Toronto


Mar. 31 2013 11:46 AM
Steve from Toronto

Justin Timberlake's new classical album.....I'm bringing sexy Bach.

Mar. 31 2013 11:39 AM
Steve from Toronto

......and now Bach to our regularly scheduled programming.

Mar. 31 2013 11:37 AM
John Di Stefano

What did Bach say to Handel? Where have you been Hayde?

Mar. 31 2013 10:00 AM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

Who were the scariest, most intimidating members of Bach's church choirs?
-The Sopranos

Mar. 31 2013 04:51 AM
msirt from Staten Island

I just BACHed up my hard drive.

Mar. 30 2013 10:19 PM
msirt from Staten Island

Definition of the fugue: When the subject enters, the audience exits. ;-)

Mar. 30 2013 10:14 PM

Why is the Christmas Oratorio being played the day before Easter? And, there is a lot more to Bach than cantatas. There is so much Bach that is uplifting - maybe it is just a coincidence with the times I have tuned in today - but I think the programming could use some uplift!

Mar. 30 2013 07:22 PM
D Tremper from NJ

Thanks to Bach-'n'-all-a-ya for giving us a sensual feast these 10 days.

Mar. 30 2013 04:49 PM

@ Rit from Manhattan:
Perhaps your Rhode Island pun was said in Ernest and you meant Bloch Island? Okay, I'll Bach off now.

Mar. 30 2013 02:20 PM
Rit from Manhattan

Heard from the band section at a recent football game: "Bach that kick! "

Mar. 30 2013 12:06 PM
Rit from Manhattan

Years ago a TV show featured teens dancing with great abandon to Brandenberg #2. "It has a great beat and you can dance to it." Bach'n'Roll?

Mar. 30 2013 11:59 AM
Rit from Manhattan

Love this marathon.
A real Bachbuster!
Keep it up.

Mar. 30 2013 11:50 AM
Rit from Manhattan

The age old question: on a deserted island which composer if you can only listen to one? Bach. Where? Bach Island, part of Rhode Island.

Mar. 30 2013 11:44 AM
Bill from Ambler, PA

I like to drive my Porche Bachster

Mar. 29 2013 08:49 PM
Rick Morand from Ramsey, New Jersey

I'm actually counting down the days til TELEMANN-360!

Mar. 29 2013 05:55 PM
Jubilate Stevenson from Rockaway Park, NY

J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 161 "Take heart wall street Pros,birds of a Feather flock together." Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan Conductor,
Deutsche Grammophon, 1965.

Mar. 28 2013 06:14 PM
Philip Alan Levine from Belle Harbor, Queens

Bach's contemporary Handel said, "the crooked straight."
The negro asked me for money I said no! The next step was for the negro to put a gun in my face, so I gave him all the money I earned on the job.
We children did not like going into the gymnasium so that Dr. Jonas Salk could stick a big needle into our arm. Man, we cannot get anywhere with this kid(meaniing philly)but look what's walking down the street, let's jump aboard.

Mar. 28 2013 05:57 PM

Instead of totes-you should be giving out Bachpacks.
(I, for one, have been enjoying this programming!)

Mar. 28 2013 04:29 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

Johann Sebastian Bach was walking down the street one afternoon in Leipzig. A man approached him from the opposite direction. When the man got directly in front of Johann, all of a sudden he threw up both his hands.
Astonished, Bach said to him, "Oh my God, what have you been eating?"

Mar. 28 2013 02:15 AM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

What kind of music does the Easter Bunny listen to?

What kind of jazz does a nuclear scientist listen to?

What kind of music does a hanging judge listen to?

What kind of music does a left-wing Democrat listen to?
-Progressive jazz

What kind of jazz does an air conditioner repairman listen to?
-Cool jazz

What kind of music did the Egyptian mummy-makers listen to?
-Rap and Ragtime

What kind of music does a nightstick-wielding policeman listen to?

Mar. 27 2013 05:43 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

It's not widely known that the majority of baseball fans are musically sophisticated and have no problem at all reading musical notation. During the baseball season, they sharpen their note-reading skills by studying the Bach scores in the newspaper.

Mar. 27 2013 01:54 PM
Phil Levine from Queens, NY

Bach to Mr. Squirrel. I never have witnessed a more intense reaction to the music of J.S. Bach than that of the upper class squirrel who lives in Garden City, NY. He heard WQXR's Bach festival blasting from my car radio, and was standing upright on the side of the road, hearing the music.
I once had contact with a squirrel and it was a very nice experience so I was hoping for a repeat, no way; he was so absorbed with the music of J.S. Bach he would'nt even give me "the time of day."

Mar. 27 2013 11:40 AM
Monica from Manhattan

To JC, CPE, WF and all JS's male progeny...SON OF A BACH!

Mar. 27 2013 11:14 AM
Ignaz Sheldon from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bach and Blue, I was driving my car one day with Bach's music blasting from the car radio, a group of very young black girls were standing on the corner, when they heard the music comming from the car radio they started to dance. I thought to myself that they were good dancers.

Mar. 27 2013 11:12 AM
Moishe Spitzer, MD from Cedarswamp, NY

Bobby Mcferren's rendition of the music of J.S. Bach, gives reason and justification to the manufacture of thorazine.

Mar. 27 2013 10:57 AM
Susan from NJ

As a regular listener for 10+ years, and member, I'm not enjoying Bach 360.I miss the variety of the music during the day.

Mar. 27 2013 10:36 AM
Hymie Twain from San

hey, UWS/NYC, L. van Beethoven said, that's no brook that is the ocean.
What do Alexander Borodin and Barbara Hendricks have in common?

Mar. 27 2013 08:51 AM
W.F. Buckley from NYC

Bachgeist is equal to perfection.

Mar. 27 2013 05:01 AM
Prohaska from New Hyde Park

The Swingle Sisters say, tra la la la. I say, Gottes, Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit.

Mar. 27 2013 04:34 AM
Dutch Schutz from Dresden

7 6 1 7 B A C H B is for Bach A is for Astral C is for Cosmic and H is for Heaven.

Mar. 27 2013 03:58 AM
Herb Spark from San Diego, CA

But seriously, folks:

I think some of the comments from the naysayers may result from the fact that much of Bach's vocal music demands to be listened to attentively, thus preventing multitasking. Conversely, multitasking may be possible while listening to much of his instrumental music--although attentive, active listening is much preferred and unquestionably yields infinitely greater rewards.

Query: Is it possible that some of us have brains that are "hardwired" to respond to counterpoint?

Suggestion: To entice lovers of Baroque or Jazz to also join the other camp, expose them to the Dave Brubeck OCTET LP.

Mar. 27 2013 02:49 AM
Herb Spark from San Diego, CA

Dear Johann Sebastian
you're never out of fashion
So you we anoint
king of counterpoint
You make us joyous
both girlus and boyus
You cleanse our ears of rap
and other kinds of crap
We've sung your praises
these many nights and dayses
But you've caused us our duties to shirk
so soon we must get Bach to work

With apologies:
Why did Johann Sebastian have to write a notebook for Anna Magdalena?
To get Bach in her good gracenotes after she caught him consorting with a Tartini

Mar. 27 2013 02:27 AM
Justin Rosin from Westfield, N. J.

XBach 360!

Mar. 26 2013 10:08 PM
by jiminy from NYC

Thanks for the Bach fest! I'm a casual listener who forgets for months to even check in on WQXR. But I heard about this on WNYC and have listened to QXR more in the past week than in the past year. I sympathize with people who listen to WQXR all day every day and are tired of it. Just wanted you to know that for less constant listeners, this was an effective way to draw people in. I've been tuning in all week and, now that I'm reminded, will keep this station in regular rotation. Well done -- or as they say, I'll be bach.

Mar. 26 2013 08:29 PM
Genadie Rozhdestvenski from Manhattan

reading the comments, it appears that some feel Bach is shvach,not me, I think he is, Johann Super Bach.

Mar. 26 2013 07:56 PM
Herb Spark from San Diego, CA

To Woody from NC; Don't U mean "When WQXR is finished with the playBach, Mozart will come out of Haydn"?

What instrument do mafiosi use to play Bach?
The viola da Gambini.

Why was Leon Fleischer lucky?
Because his Bachhand finally recovered.

Why is Bach's music like playing tennis?
They both consist of a series of point/counterpoint.

Far be it from me 2 Telemann what 2 do, but all of us grateful Bach fans should now shell out the big Buxtehude to support his great legacy.

Mar. 26 2013 07:51 PM
Woody from North Carolina

don't worry, this will all go Bach into Haydn soon

Mar. 26 2013 06:40 PM
Herb Spark from LSan Diego, CA

Why did Bach wear a wig?
So the artist who created his portrait on the chapel ceiling wouldn't produce a Frescobaldi.

Mar. 26 2013 04:55 PM
Dean Martin from east flatbush, brooklyn

Handel says; Bach to basics. Does that mean the elimination of
The devil and all the crap that belongs to him?

Handel says, Bach to basics. Does that mean the elimination of the devil and all the crap that belongs to him?

Mar. 26 2013 04:35 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

Is it true that Bach wrote his world-famous "Coughy Cantata" while suffering from bronchitis? And did he complete work on Cantata BMV3, Ach Gott, die manches Herzeleid (Oh God, how much Heartache) while overcome by flatulence?

Mar. 26 2013 03:25 PM
Jack Grutta from New Jersey

OK, so Bach and Handel are on the checkout line at the cafeteria and Bach turns to Handel and says, "You'll have to pay for mine, I'm baroque"!

BACH 360 is the best!

Mar. 26 2013 02:25 PM
Phil from New York

Bach is a tasty treat for the ears as Jack-in-the-Bachs is for the mouth.

Mar. 26 2013 01:57 AM

My cat's stopped using his litterbach. Out of respect.

Mar. 26 2013 01:31 AM
paul savitsky from New Jersey

Doo doo doo lookin out my Bach door- Credence Clearwater Revival

Mar. 25 2013 09:09 PM
kk from Manhattan

This proves the theory that there can, indeed, be too much of a good thing. I adore Bach, but. Oh for a frisson of Faure. A mote of Mozart. Even a stitch of Stokowski would do to cut the richness of too, too much Bach. A great idea, but not one I would vote for repeating.

Mar. 25 2013 08:07 PM
Tony from Bayonne, NJ

Well, I never thought I would do it, but I had to. I turned off WQXR in my house and in my car. It's not that I don't like Bach, I do. He wrote some of the most sublime and inspiring music of all time. However, so did Beethoven & Mozart and I like them much better than Bach, since I am not a fan of the Baroque period in general, but I don't want to listen to only them all the time, either. I think the big deal with Bach is that he did it first and paved the way for everyone else. Oh, the reason I don't like the Baroque period of music is that so much of it is boring and the vocal pieces with it's millions of notes drive me crazy. Bach was a giant. No doubt about it; brilliant and inventive, but I think it was a poor decision on the part of someone at WQXR to say to thier listeners, 'We're playing Bach and only Bach for 10 days. If you don't like it, change the station.' I don't know if that's a good attitude for a station who frequently asks for contributions from their listens to keep them on the air.

Mar. 25 2013 07:01 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

Question: What kind of music do they play in Bankruptcy Court? Answer: Baroque.

Mar. 25 2013 06:43 PM
Jonathan from New York City

Several days ago the on-air host mentioned that "...musicologists have almost come to blows over the question of whether some of Bach's cantatas have been lost. This led me to wonder whether the controversy might evolve into a blood fugue.

Mar. 25 2013 04:53 PM
tatyana from New York

Thank you for Passover music. Hag sameah!

Mar. 25 2013 04:31 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

With this ten days non-stop Baroque music festival, WQXR has really bent over Bachwards to please its listeners.

Mar. 25 2013 04:18 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

It's a little known fact that sheep are great lovers of Baroque music. Ask any sheep who her favorite composer is, and she'll answer immediately, "Baaach! Baaach!"

Mar. 25 2013 03:38 PM

Re the question of "catholic church:" in the Mass, it's in the creed. It doesn't mean Roman Catholic; "catholic" in that sense means universal. I grew up Lutheran, and in the Athanasian Creed (a real long one we never used), there was an asterisk after "catholic" saying this -- after all, God forbid we should be considered "catholic." Now, as an Episcopalian, "catholic" is in the creeds, without an asterisk. And re the mass, it is the same service, the same liturgy used in Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, and other Christian denominations. Many Protestants don't like to use the term "Mass" because they don't want the "Catholic" association. It's an "us vs them" thing, which is really silly. But in Bach's time, Mass was used across the board. It still is, in other Lutheran countries.

Mar. 25 2013 03:21 PM
Howard Thaler from Floral Park, New York

The world will never forget the immortal words of Ebenezer Scrooge, a Baroque music-hater if there ever was one: "Bach, humbug!"

Mar. 25 2013 03:05 PM

WQXR announcer - "We will hear some Bach...and Offenbach...but not often."

Mar. 25 2013 03:05 PM
tatyana from New York

I love Bach, but agree with those listeners who say it is too much! Bach was the greatest composer of all, there is no doubt about it.
And listening to his music proves this! All performers are exceptionally great, all the best in the world! And of course great thanks to WQXR for this tremendous work! But still I believe we all need a break! I was very much looking forward for this event, but now I am tired, want something else, maybe to appreciate Bach even more!

Mar. 25 2013 02:54 PM
Ron Owens from Mountain Lakes, NJ

A great softball team from WQXR- Bach's Office Hits.

Mar. 25 2013 02:44 PM

A Bachanalia for tea drinkers.

Mar. 25 2013 02:29 PM
jay from Long Island

Too much Mr. B....
I can handle him in reasonable doses.
Have had to change my listening habits during your ill advised orgy...
See you when you regain your equilibrium.

My friends and relatives classical music lovers seem to share the thought.
too much of anyuthing leaves you with a gut ache.

You have also disturbed my sleep...

Mar. 25 2013 01:37 PM
Dan Perez from Buckeye, AZ

Roger Federer's BACH hand is a real work of MOZart!

Mar. 25 2013 12:03 PM

Absolutely loving it! Thank you, WQXR!!!

Mar. 25 2013 11:53 AM

This was okay for awhile, but WQXR needs to Bach off a bit. Put Jo out in the Bach yard now and give him and us a break. Ten straight days of a musical suppository up the Bachside has only plugged up your programming, with no immediate relief in prospect.

Mar. 25 2013 08:57 AM
D Tremper from Maplewood NJ

Can't compete with you all on the puns but...a verse comes to mind:

Every note Sebastian wrote.
Also won a brand new tote!
So anywhere I’m good to go
With QXR in rain OR snow.

Also to answer Gerhard Schreiber (earlier entry)and others who question Bach's religious leanings. He may well have composed for the Roman Catholic Church as the station has mentioned, but also, liturgical churches(including Lutheran) celebrate the Mass(Luther quote: "We do not abolish the Mass but religiously keep and defend it."),but with a different theological focus. See Wikipedia article on Mass for fuller explanation.

Mar. 25 2013 08:40 AM

We're cooking Bachjoy tonight! All this fine music being played, good chance Little Sheba will come Bach. Bach me up on this, the next composer to highlight in this manner should be Christopher Rouse! Jerry OrBACH could have made some fine dance moves some of these sounds. Bach in the ole town tonight WQXR is being heard from every broadcast tower. Is there such a thing as going Bachers from too much of this? Bach Bach, whose's there? Bach.

Mar. 25 2013 02:27 AM
Rit from Manhattan

Muhammad Ali .....world renowned Bachser

Mar. 24 2013 11:29 PM
Rit from Manhattan

Please play the recently discovered Casino Cantata by Bacharat

Mar. 24 2013 11:12 PM
Tom from Wantagh, NY

i just wanted to respond to all the people telling WQXR what a bad idea all bach is..

i for one, am absolutely loving it. doing this once every year is brilliant. i've been turning it on constantly just to hear as much as i can. all of my free time, has been devoted to listening to WQXR. actually some of my paperwork is getting bached up because of it...

anyway, to all the people threatening to stop tuning into WQXR, i think they're all bach and no bite. just ignore them.

peace love and bach


Mar. 24 2013 11:03 PM
Rit from Manhattan

Bach marathons should be run in ReBachs

Mar. 24 2013 10:29 PM
Rit from Manhattan

Perform the next marathon in the new Bachley Center in Bachlyn

Mar. 24 2013 10:11 PM










Mar. 24 2013 05:41 PM
Gerhard Schreiber

I listened last week to Bach's Mass in B-minor at the Philharmonic. Being Jewish, I was taken aback that in one verset, the text refers to the Catolic Apostolic Church, wasn't Bach a Lutheran ? Please enlighten me, thanks.

Mar. 24 2013 04:59 PM

Bach-B-Qued Bach Ribs

Mar. 24 2013 04:16 PM

@ Swedie:
When she retrieved her unmentionables, I bet she said "I'll be Bach in a minuet."

Mar. 24 2013 02:55 PM

Bach's music is infectious -- it's a Bachteria, and I have a chronic case. Hear about his Canine Cantata? "Wachet Arf."
He wrote "Air on the G String" when he came home and found Anna Magdalena's personal laundry hanging out to dry. "Ach, Liebchen! What the fugue...? Is a disgrace!" But it was only a "minor" indiscretion. So he wrote her a song:"There Ain't No Woman Like the One I've Gavotte."

Mar. 24 2013 02:42 PM

The Mets' starter Johann Sebastian, was pulled in the 7th inning for giving up Bach-to-Bach home runs.

Mar. 24 2013 02:38 PM
Barbara Lea from Hillsdale, NJ

You really don't have to publish the nay-sayers who are complaining about too much Bach. Just tell them you'll get Bach to them.

Mar. 24 2013 02:17 PM

Jacques, come Bach Offen.

Mar. 24 2013 08:51 AM
James Soviero from Red Bank, NJ

Regarding the tote bag giveaway: Bachtotem.

Mar. 24 2013 08:29 AM
Peter Feldman from New York City

I do not like anymore WQXR broadcasting.
The programming is very repetitive.
I cannot listen Bach music all day.
Your marathon broadcasting all Bach music is a BAD IDEA.
You continuously ask for donations but WXQR does not even have a way to contact the programmers.
I HAD TO DISCONNECT WXQR and tune another radio because it is impossible for me to listen a radio broadcasting only Basch music.

Mar. 24 2013 07:57 AM
NYEarthling from New York, Earth

Suprised no one came up with this one already: Sitting in the Bach Lounge, reclining on a Bachalounger

Mar. 23 2013 11:02 PM
Jason Raphael from NYC

But staying on topic and with apologies to Beethoven and The Andrews Sisters -

Of Bach, one is compelled to say: "Bei "meer" bis du schoen."
"Meer" is German for "ocean or sea."

Mar. 23 2013 10:12 PM
Jason Raphael from NYC

Not a funny pun. But the famous reverential play on the master's name.

"Not Brook but Ocean should be his name."
- Ludwig Van Beethoven ("Bach" is the German word for "brook")

And yes. Let's hear the wonderful Swingle Singers. And more P.D.Q. Bach. To quote Peter Schickele -The oddest of Bach's 20-odd children.

Mar. 23 2013 09:59 PM
Sal from nj

Bach360: more than music - a radio bachumentary.

Mar. 23 2013 06:27 PM
Karla from Teaneck, NJ

These earlier puns are merely a prelude! I thought for sure they'd be fugue and far between, but you guys are on a roll with some of these.! And you know what they say; if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it! I'm out of the game though; musical punning has never been my forte.

Mar. 23 2013 03:03 PM

After Kurt words were said over a fugal matter, the suite couple decided to go for baroque, composed themselves without tea and symphony and vowed to get Bach together in a little Weill.

Mar. 23 2013 01:57 PM

As the chiropractor said to his patient, "nice to see your Bach."

Mar. 23 2013 01:39 PM


Mar. 23 2013 12:32 PM
Charlie from Madison, NJ

We're enjoying WQXR,s programming so much that we've decided to treat ourselves to bachlava for dessert tonight; I've added it to my to-do liszt. I agree that the movie pun is the best so far; how about "BaroqueBach Monteverdi"?

Mar. 23 2013 12:27 PM
Troll from UWS

Rock out with your Bach out baby!

Mar. 23 2013 11:44 AM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

This just goes to show the lengths to which QXR will go to suggest that we shouldn't take this music too seriously, as though the Borsina wearing hipsters that the station seems to be courting will flock to the station to hear J.S. Bach because we are showing how ironic we can be.

Just play the music,like they do on WKCR: that's a college station, and does just fine without trying to be clever all the time.

Mar. 23 2013 09:16 AM
Chris from Brooklyn

I have always loved Bach. But seriously folks...why are you doing this? It's just too much.

Mar. 23 2013 06:41 AM
Phil A. Levine from Belle Harbor, N.Y.

Bachiana brasileira on a G string.

Mar. 23 2013 06:19 AM
Phil A. Levine from Belle Harbor, N.Y.

Bachiana brasileirass on a G String

Mar. 23 2013 06:14 AM

These puns are making me so hot and bothered, I have to go Jacques Offenbach.

Mar. 22 2013 10:41 PM
Russ from Plainfield, NJ

Steven Spielberg is going to make a movie about famous composers starring action stars. Sylvester Stallone asks if he can play Mozart. Jean Claude Van Damme wants to play Beethoven. Arnold Schwarzenegger says, "I'll be Bach."

Then Speilberg is going to make a Western about a famous composer, "Bach in the Saddle Again."

Then one about a composer that goes to get a degree: "Bach To School."

Mar. 22 2013 07:15 PM
Frank Pedulla from Sunnyside, New York

We can Handel you turning your Bach on us, rather than Baching-off.

Mar. 22 2013 04:08 PM
Robert Adamski from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

My wife says she loves Bach "bach to bach"

Mar. 22 2013 01:37 PM
Brian from NJ

Do not put a wishbone where a Bach-bone ought to be.

Mar. 22 2013 11:08 AM
Janis and Dot from Belleville, NJ

Can't help it, we've always been Bachomaniacs!

Mar. 22 2013 10:54 AM
Pumpkin and Celt from Belleville, NJ

Going out for some Baby Bach ribs & Bach Beer tonight, will undoubtedly come home with Classical Gas.

Mar. 22 2013 10:42 AM
Marianne and Celtie from Nutley, NJ

I'm BACH to correct my error, it's WQXR, WQXR, WQXR! There, my l'il PoOdle, Celtie had her paw on the wrong key and now she's 'BACHING' at me.

Mar. 22 2013 10:35 AM
Marianne and Celtie from Nutley, NJ

In honor of this occasion on WXQR, our President has renamed himself
Bach Obama.

Mar. 22 2013 10:24 AM
Bill from Clifton, NJ

Bach to Bach with NO SLACH!

Mar. 22 2013 10:19 AM
Annette Shandolow-Hassell

Bach in a Minuet.

Love Baroque Bach Mountain! I'm wiping tears from my eyes!

Mar. 22 2013 01:57 AM
Shalvin from Long Island, NY

I love Bach and Roll. Put another dime in the juke box, baby.

Mar. 21 2013 08:12 PM
Sandy from Belleville, NJ

Bach to the kitchen

Mar. 21 2013 04:57 PM
Anne in Manhattan from New York City

"Lover Come Bach to Me"

Mar. 21 2013 04:52 PM
TJ Harvey from Huntington, NY

Mmm, I think I'll have some Bach joy for dinner this evening.

Mar. 21 2013 04:51 PM
EA from Long Island

Bring home the Bach-on.

Mar. 21 2013 04:37 PM

Bach, Bach.
Who's there?
Chopin who?
Chopin the door for me!

Bach solid.

Bach to basics.

Bach it to me baby.

Bach'd up tight.

So far my favorite is Baroque Bach Mountain!

Mar. 21 2013 04:33 PM
Robin Douthit from New York City, New York

Sung to the tune "Rock around the Clock" by Bill Haley:

One, two, three o'clock , four o'clock Bach,
Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock Bach,
Nine, ten, 11 o'clock, twelve o'clock Bach
We're gonna Bach around the clock tonight!

When the clock strikes 12 we'll cool off then,
Start a'Bachin' round the clock again,
We're gonna Bach around the clock tonight,
We're gonna Bach, Bach,Bach 'til broad daylight,
We're gonna Bach, gonna Bach around the clock tonight!

Mar. 21 2013 03:43 PM
Ray Chapman from Illinois

Don't worry I have your BACH covered.

Mar. 21 2013 03:36 PM
Jaime Jankelevich from Santiago, Chile


Mar. 21 2013 03:12 PM
James McCormack from 07110

BACHman Turner Overdrive-Taking Care of Business

Mar. 21 2013 03:00 PM

Get Bach in the Groove!

Mar. 21 2013 01:52 PM

Without Bach, I'd be up Schuetz Grieg without a Pachelbel.

Mar. 21 2013 12:39 PM

Bachet auf!

Mar. 21 2013 12:20 PM

Baby got Bach.

Mar. 21 2013 12:17 PM
William Foster from Larchmont, NY

This is the Bachanalia Festival

Mar. 21 2013 12:08 PM

I'm playing music today...Bach to Bach!

Mar. 21 2013 11:15 AM
Sebastian Nebel from Trier, Germany

JOHANN seen nothing yet. SEBASTIAN's still to come.

Mar. 20 2013 08:45 PM

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