Thursday, January 1, 2009

Best Wishes in E Major

What a better start to the new year then with a tune of Bach's in E Major...the key of joy and good tidings.

(The mnemonic to memorize the tune for Bach's Sinfonia in E Major is: "Bach is the greatest composer of all".)

I'm still working with Tamara Loring. I'm trying to understand Baroque keyboard style in order to play Bach with more authority. In this rendition of Bach's E Major Sinfonia I've tried to highlight an articulation on the third beat and to diminuendo the resolutions on suspensions and appoggiaturas . I've been somewhat successful - it appears to me that I am whacking the notes (to much arm weight) rather than just holding the note longer and playing the second note of the resolution softer for the suspension and appoggiaturas and the articulation isn't consistent. There is a large interval in the piece for the right hand where Tamara asked me to show both sides of the interval. I don't think I was successful with her instructions --- there is a large "hole" (no sound) around the interval now, which isn't quite right. I also muffed a few notes...I'll record again soon after my lesson.

NOTE: the last chord is not being played with the damper pedal, but instead I'm using the harpsichord technique of over legato to create the multiple tones.

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