Saturday, September 18, 2010

On Stage: Bach and Jethro Tull

The bourree is a ballet step, a dance of French origin, and also a type of musical beat.

Johann Mattheson (1681-1764), a German composer, writer, lexicographer, diplomat and music theorist, wrote of the bourrée, "its distinguishing feature resides in contentment and a pleasant demeanor, at the same time it is somewhat carefree and relaxed, a little indolent and easygoing, though not disagreeable."

This selection is the Bourree from J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 3, arranged by Ian Anderson.

Ian Anderson, the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 42nd year as a recording and performing musician.

Ian was born in 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. After attending primary school in Edinburgh, his family relocated to Blackpool in the north of England in 1959. Following a traditional Grammar school education, he moved on to Art college to study fine art before deciding on an attempt at a musical career.

Tull formed in 1968 out of the amalgamation of the John Evan Band and McGregor's Engine, two blues-based local UK groups.

Jethro Tull and their fans have supported many worthy causes predominately within the realms of wild cat research and conservation, disaster relief, education, and historical preservation.

For more Tull details you may visit their website

Without further ado, you may tap your feet while I hope you enjoy Jethro Tull's rendition of J.S. Bach's Bourree.

Martin Barre (guitar); Ian Anderson (flute); Andy Giddings (keyboards); Jonathan Noyce (bass guitar); Doane Perry (drums).



  1. My Scottish Husband swears by Jethro Tull. He says that if I give them 3 listens I will love them forever. Now that you mention them too, perhaps it's time to give that a go (as I press play)...

  2. Who knew? Thanks for sharing this with us. It is truly beautiful and totally unexpected! Jethro Tull and Bach...who knew?

  3. Wow, this is something great, I knew Jethro Tull only by name, thank you also for the informations.

  4. I am enjoying the Sunday Song selections immensely this morning. It is great to hear a classics given a modern touch by Jethro Tull.

  5. Classics are my favorite, but I enjoy some of most any kind of music. Lindy, upbeat classics are invigorating, and this particular clip of Jethro Tull is, I think, sublime.
    Alessandra, for a long time I thought Jethro Tull was the guy in charge of the group by the same name. Lisa, it does sound like a strange combo, doesnt, it. Remember the albumn that Placido Domingo and John Denver made?
    Mize, I hope, for your husband's sake also, that you found some enjoyment in this selection.

  6. i wasn't familiar with j. tull but he plays beautiful . my niece plays the flute. thaks for sharing. rose

  7. thanks for your comment re Berry College. It's a small world to hear that your daughter went to Barry. they keep building that there's so much change. you mentioned grad school, where and what area? rose

  8. This is totally brilliant! I love Jethro Tull and have never heard anything like this before. I have to agree with Lindy Lou-the songs today have been wonderful! Thanks for being part of Sunday Song and sharing this wonderful music!

    Best wishes always