Kids Commute - Bach Week! Thursday

Sep 13, 2018

A portrait of Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, the ninth child of Johann Sebastian Bach

Hi there, Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Four of BACH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're listening to the works of the sons of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Today, we're meeting Bach's Child Number Nine: Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (lots of Johanns in this family!). We'll learn a bit about his life, and hear a few of his variations on, "Ah vous dirai-je maman," the song we use as the basis for, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," and the Alphabet Song!

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Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Variations on, "Ah vous dirai-je maman."
See Siang Wong, pianist

Here's today's Kids Commute:


We mentioned in the episode that JCF Bach wrote so many variations to the tune, we couldn't fit them all in! Here's a link to See Siang Wong's full performance of the variations:

Legendary Classical era composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his own set of variations to, "Ah vous dirai-je maman," within a few years of Bach's version! To hear Mozart's set, visit our episode from last year's Kids Commute by clicking here (scroll down for Episode One)!