Classical 101 Archives For: October 23, 2014

Pain, Pleasure and Purcell: Why a Ground Bass Hurts So Good

color photograph of a marble spiral staircase with black wrought-iron railing around it
How Henry Purcell transformed cycles of desire and pain into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.
10:00AM
July
30, 2014

From the circular ground bass patterns of Baroque music, to the Guggenheim Museum’s sloping, spiraling floors, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick explains how Henry Purcell transformed pain into pleasure – and into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.