I would like to say a few words about J. S. Bach. Recently I was in conversation with a member of the Western Australian Music Teachers Association, and we were talking of the tremendous output in composition, of Bach. I wondered whether he used a keyboard while he composed, or whether he did it without anything.
Bach is popular with many people.
Good interpreters of Bach have a relaxed, calm style of playing Bach, and there is no sign of impetuousness. This is how a lot of his music is, i.e. calm and relaxed, sometimes warm and comforting.
The Jacques Loussier Trio, played a lot of Bach. Many years ago I looked forward to seeing them on television at lunchtime every Sunday. They added something to my day. Years ago when traveling through Adelaide I was fortunate to see them perform.
The individual sounds of the harpsichord.
The next post will be about performing Bach on the piano. I am currently working on a few of Bach's preludes and fugues. Posts after that will include some anecdotes while teaching, Glen Gould, choirs, music craft, and playing for sing-alongs at the senior centre.