The Initials of J. S. Bach in D minor

This is a translation of the post „Die Initialen von J. S. Bach in d-moll“ by Dr. Marshall Tuttle. This was part of a lecture within the introduction to the project “IM KLANGSTROM” by Renate Hoffleit and Michael Bach Bachtischa held in Ulm, Germany on December 7, 2018. The name BACH consists of 4 note names. First of all, the German note names “h” and “b” are different in German than in English. In English the two notes are represented as “b” and “b-flat” respectively. (In this paper we will adhere to the German spelling. – translator –) In German “b” and “h” are distinct note names: [plays “b – a – c – h”] (“b-flat – a – c – b” in English, here and in what follows.) You can also play them in this order: [plays “a – b – h – c”] Or like this: [plays “c

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