February 10, 2003
Vol. III, No. 5
"Bach: My Guilty Pleasure"
"Order! Order! Court is now in session. Bailiff, please escort the Defendant into the courtroom."
"Mr. Long, on the Sunday last, you played Bach's Fantasy and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 537) as a postlude. In reference to said postlude, you are charged with taking a slower than acceptable tempo, with the intention of making the postlude longer, as well as playing with excessive loudness, in order to, in your words, "soak in those crunchy harmonies." You are further charged with becoming overly engrossed in the music, that in several instances you were so caught up in the music that you allowed your concentration to be broken to such an extent that it was detrimental to your accuracy. Mr. Long, do you understand the charges made against you and do you have anything to say for yourself?"
"I do understand the charges, your honor, and I admit that I intentionally took a slower tempo; the longer I play, the more music there is to enjoy. And I admit that I played loudly and, yes, I indulged myself in listening to what I was playing and my playing suffered but, your honor, how could I resist? Those soaring lines…those crunchy harmonies…those wonderfully crunchy harmonies! I'm not guilty of crimes against humanity. If anything, I'm guilty of crimes in the name of humanity. But my conscience is clear!"
"Order! Order! Mr. Long, that will be enough. Foreman, how does the jury find?"
"Your honor, on the charge of Playing Slowly, on the charge of Playing Loudly, and on the charge of Making Mistakes, we, the jury, find the defendant, Guilty of "enjoying Bach just a little too much."
"Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury for your service. You are dismissed. Mr. Long, you have been convicted by a jury of your peers of "enjoying Bach just a little too much." Therefore, I sentence you to a lifetime of wandering intellect and misplaced priorities. Bailiff, take him away! Court is now adjourned!"
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