The Counterpoint of J.S. Bach

Bach and Friends

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Michael Lawrence's inspirational 2-hour documentary Bach and Friends (Lawrence 2010) provides a variety of perspectives on Bach's music from leading performers, composers, critics, and musicologists. The full documentary is available on DVD in the UofSC Music Library. Excerpts are available on YouTube (via the links below) and at the following website:

Bach & Friends DVD
Lawrence, Bach & Friends: Opening Sequence {YouTube}

Highly Recommended
  1. Joshua Bell, violin {YouTube; Website}
  2. Simone Dinnerstein, piano {YouTube; Website}
  3. Béla Fleck, banjo {YouTube; Website}
  4. Glenn Gould, piano: McFerrin, Dinnerstein, Page, Thile, et al. on Glenn Gould {YouTube; Website}
  5. Hilary Hahn, violin {YouTube; Website}
  6. Matt Haimovitz, cello {YouTube; Website}
  7. Felix Hell, organ {YouTube; Website}
  8. Bobby McFerrin, voice {YouTube; Website}
  9. Edgar Meyer, bass {YouTube; Website}
  10. Tim Page, music critic {YouTube; Website}
  11. Peter Schickele & P.D.Q. Bach, composer {YouTube; Website}
  12. Andrew Talle, musicologist {YouTube; Website}
  13. Chris Thile, mandolin {YouTube; Website}
  14. Swingle Singers, chorus {YouTube; Website}
  15. Christoph Wolff, musicologist {YouTube; Website}


  1. Zuill Bailey, cello {YouTube: Website}
  2. Manuel Barrueco, guitar {YouTube; Website}
  3. John Bayless & Anatoly Larkin, pianos, Improvisation on the Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 {YouTube; Website}
  4. Harlan Brothers and the Emerson String Quartet, on fractal geometry and Bach {YouTube; Website}
  5. Uri Caine, pianist/composer, on Bach and jazz {YouTube; Website}
  6. Hilda Huang, piano {YouTube; Website}
  7. Mike Hawley, piano {YouTube; Website}
  8. Philip Glass, composer {YouTube; Website}
  9. Sharon Isbin, guitar, on Rosalyn Tureck {YouTube}
  10. Charles J. Limb, M.D., MRI brain/music researcher {YouTube; Website}
  11. Sid Meier, video game developer, on CPU Bach {YouTube; Website}
  12. Jake Shimabukuro, ukelele {YouTube; Website}
  13. Richard Stoltzman, clarinet {YouTube}
  14. Robert Tiso, glass harp (with Mike  Hawley) {YouTube; Website}
  15. John Q. Walker, on the 2006 Zenph Studios re-performance of Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 {YouTube}



Lawrence, Michael. 2010. Bach & Friends. DVD. Baltimore, MD: Michael Lawrence Films. {Website; IMDB; WP}

Updated: June 8, 2022

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music