This week's newsletter does not have a separate blog article. Here is a copy of the newsletter that went out, along with two suggested videos. I have received enthusiastic feedback from this video, I think because it gives a new and very clear perspective on a much loved piece of music. Enjoy!
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Dear friends and colleagues,
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Frank and Leanne for the birth of their grandson Rowan. He’s such a beautiful baby, and with PERFECT little guitar fingers! Very best wishes to Frank and Leanne and their family!
In the last newsletter, we shared two videos, parts one and two of a four-part series, about the G-minor fugue. The first discussed the exposition in terms of the Rule of the Octave and the second was a short video that brought to light some of the amazing writing in the introductory section of the fugue: simple compositional devices, which Bach uses to great effect but that may be overlooked by some of us as we perform this well-known music, simply by virtue of the fact that we have heard it so many times. These videos are still available to view on the sontasandpartitas.com website.
The video this week discusses the main body of the fugue. I feel passionate about sharing this video because it answers the questions: “How can I play a long and intricate piece and still have it hold together? –How can I learn to understand larger forms, and how can I apply this directly to my own performances?” I do think the video will help players interpret this particular piece better, but my hope is also that performers can use the concepts in the video to help understand all of Bach’s music more deeply.
There is another video on the website, an introduction that may be very helpful, if you have not already seen it, as it presents some concepts that are discussed in many of the videos on the website. This was made so that the same subject matter did not need to be repeated over and over, and so the assumption is that people have understood the material in this introductory video as it applies to the others that follow.
As always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comment section of this website, or by replying to this newsletter.
With best wishes,
Heather DeRome and Frank Koonce