Granted a want to journey again in time, many a Bach lover would leap to Thuringia, in a pre-unified Germany, circa the early 1700s, or to Arnstadt, Mühlhausen, the courts of Weimar and Köthen, or Leipzig. There, Bach composed his concertos, suites, fugues, preludes, canons, chorales, organ works, solo items, in addition to distinctive works just like the Goldberg Variations and The Nicely-Tempered Clavier. He wrote principally for church buildings and sovereigns who had his music carried out in what we now name its unique settings.
After all, we will’t hear Bach’s Baroque masterworks the way in which his contemporaries did, although we will attempt. However think about standing in St. Paul’s Church, listening to the composer play his organ works himself within the early 1720s. (In-built 1231, the church survived WWII, solely to be demolished for redevelopment beneath the East German regime in 1968.) Think about listening to Bach’s chamber works performed within the ornate chambers of the 18th century. It’s a pleasant dream, however I believe we’re lucky to dwell in his distant future, and to have skilled his music by three-hundred years of interpretations, new preparations and instrumentation, and hundreds of recordings.
Bach may barely acknowledge the way in which a few of his works have been interpreted. He may object to beloved, but unorthodox recordings by Glenn Gould and Wendy Carlos. He may abhor the notion of recording altogether. Who is aware of. However the music is not his. As Yo Yo Ma has tried to indicate in his life’s work, Bach belongs to everybody. The Netherlands Bach Society shares this perception, and has endeavored to add dwell performances of “All of Bach” to their web site and YouTube. The chance to see Bach’s works carried out dwell in Amsterdam, viewable from wherever at any time, would appear like devilry to these in Bach’s day.
“For the reason that begin of this distinctive challenge,” writes the Society, “greater than 350 of the whole of 1080 works by Johann Sebastian Bach have been carried out and recorded in particular methods” on this try and “share Bach’s music with the entire world” by “wonderful audio visible recordings of the best high quality.” These performances embody settings very just like the originals, if very far-off in time: “Cantatas are filmed in a church, as an example, and chamber music on the musician’s houses.” Additionally they embody highlights such because the Six Cello Suites on the Rijksmuseum and Brandenburg Live performance no. 4 at Felix Maritis.
See highlighted efficiencys right here and simply above, watch newly-added (as of February) performances of The Nicely-Tempered Clavier, “48 keyboard items in all 24 keys,” the Netherlands Bach Society notes, “the form of problem Bach loved.” That is the composer at his freest — “In distinction to the iron self-discipline Bach needed to apply to his church compositions, right here he might abandon himself to Mental Spielerei with out worrying about deadlines.” Assist the Netherlands Bach Society proceed their formidable challenge with a donation right here.
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