Based on historical fact, “Mr. Bach Comes to Call’ features more than 20 excerpts of Bach's best-loved works performed by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.
The time-travel story begins after the dramatic send-off of Bach's music into space aboard Voyager II. Mr. Bach unexpectedly arrives at the house of Elizabeth, a present-day child, who is awkwardly practicing his famous Minuet in G. Along with 3 of Bach's choir boys, Elizabeth learns about his life: his 20 children, his stay in prison, Anna Magdalena, the exciting family picnics, concerts, and his music, including a composition based on a well-loved nursery rhyme. She moves from skepticism to respect for Bach's good-humored nature and musical brilliance. Only at the end of the story is the reason for Bach's visit revealed: "So that my music will never again be forgotten...for wherever my music is being played, I am alive." This educational and entertaining DVD is approximately 54 minutes in duration.
Bonus DVD Features:
Music Gallery with more than 50 minutes of music from the award-winning Classical Kids series
Music excerpts from the film
Excerpts from "Make a Joyful Noise," an Emmy award-winning PBS 39 documentary on The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Selected activities and sample pages from the Classical Kids Mr. Bach Comes to Call teacher notes (item 805174 book and CD set, available separately)
Preview of the Emmy award-winning DVD Beethoven Lives Upstairs (item 850873)