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    A New Bach Pic?

    From Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080228/...many_bach_dc_2

    Experts create new image of Bach
    By Sylvia Westall


    BERLIN (Reuters) - Experts have digitally rebuilt the face of 18th century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach -- and say the results may surprise his fans.

    Using his bones and computer modeling, they have come up with an image of a thick-set man with closely-shorn white hair.
    The new Bach face, the creation of Scottish forensic anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson, will go on display at the Bachhaus museum in the eastern German town of Eisenach, Bach's birthplace, next month.
    Eighteenth century portraits show him very differently. "For most people, Bach is an old man in a wig, it is a stylized image, we have no realistic portrait of him," Joerg Hansen, managing director of the museum, told Reuters.
    "We know he was a physical man, that he danced, that he stamped his feet when he played, that he sang. He was a very dynamic man -- with this reconstruction you can see it."
    Bach's bones were excavated in 1894 and sculptors first used them to help create a bust in 1908.
    But it was mainly based on a portrait of the composer and contemporary critics said it was so inaccurate that it might as well have been the composer Handel.
    "It's not really that important to know what he looked like, we love Bach through his music, that is why people come to the museum, but they are also interested in the man," Hansen said.
    (Editing by Andrew Roche)
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    Re: A New Bach Pic?

    This is what Bach supposedly looked like according to the report:


    "I'll be Bach"

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    Wow... very different from the image "Bach" usually conjures in my mind!

    Now we need to find Mozart's bones...
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    I feel an almost religious awe before His Majesty.

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    One cannot help but wonder over the possibility of
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    Mmmmm.........maybe. The burning question for me is, what did Pachelbel look like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx View Post
    Mmmmm.........maybe. The burning question for me is, what did Pachelbel look like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    Wow! That's some "flute" that guy played!



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    Quote Originally Posted by jmpaquette View Post
    Wow! That's some "flute" that guy played!


    No, it's the famous Pachelbel's "can...non" of course...

    But seriously, when I've been in Leipzig in front of Bach's skul reproduction and pictures, and the sculpture made starting from it, I really got emotion.

    Such a Brain has been in that head...

    Such a soul did animate the bones...

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    Re: A New Bach Pic?

    Hmmm... Bach looks pretty good.... I'm thinking of having my face digitally rebuilt.

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