Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything

2 Seasons

We like to think of the Bach, the Universe & Everything series as a community, similar to the one Bach enjoyed in Leipzig where he produced innovative music at an extraordinary rate for the weekly services at the church where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Back then, the congregation was as open to science and new ideas as it was brought together by faith. It is in that spirit that we present these thought-provoking cantatas paired with a talk from some of the greatest minds of our time.

With thanks to our corporate sponsors Swan Turton, Duetz Champagne and Gramophone Magazine

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Bach, the Universe & Everything
  • The Undiscovered Universe

    Episode 1

    THE SCIENCE
    Physicists are grappling with the most profound problems they have ever faced; 95% of the universe is made of stuff that we can’t explain, the basic laws of nature are fundamentally at odds with each other and our best theories tell us that the universe shouldn’t exist in the first p...

  • Bach on the Brain: Exploring the Brain Dynamics of Music

    Episode 2

    THE MUSIC
    This cantata is a dialogue between fear (reinforced by the alto) and hope (that’s the tenor); a fitting accompaniment to a talk about the different thoughts and feelings that music can evoke.

    THE SCIENCE
    How does music communicate meaning, and how does the brain process its patterns...

  • Bach on the Brain: Exploring the Brain Dynamics of Music Programme

    9.74 MB

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  • The Time Traveller

    Episode 3

    THE MUSIC
    This cantata sets a modest tone for the morning. Bach focuses his listeners on life as it is now; we should be content with our lot and ‘that which God has allocated to us’, not longing for more in future, nor regretting the past when our end comes.

    THE SCIENCE
    “I’ve always dreamed ...

  • The Time Traveller Programmer

    9.37 MB

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