Chaconne practice session August 9, 2013

Explored a new approach to the theme – using a very strong rhythmic edge to the pulse, driven by the Bass voice: it produced a greater differentiation of the Bass voice from the upper voices as well as a very strong overall forward drive…have to get off the notes faster and yet make sure that they feel and sound as independent voices of an emotional weight equal to the Alto and Soprano….thinking of Forkel  on J.S. Bach: counterpoint = accumulated harmony – i.e. horizontal harmony to my way of thinking…works well with the dotted rhythm variations…emphasizes their French Overture style feeling…

2 Comments

  1. Armand Ambrosini
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Shem,

    Thank you so very much for your sixteenth performance of the Bach at Benningthon College. The intimate setting, your meticulous attention to the details of its musical lines, the voicing, your overall technical mastery, and beautiful sound made the experience transcend the usual concert experience. Your performance demanded the listeners’ attention throughout, as you led each of us to deep, meaningful contemplations and the realm of the spiritual.

    It is a performance I will never forget. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOURSELF (AND BACH) IN SUCH A WONDERFULLY INTIMATE WAY!!!!

  2. Lew Paer
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Dear Shem, I want to thank you, on so many levels, for inviting me to the sixteenth performance of your Journey of 100. Your playing, and your sound were so moving, and so inspirational. You played with such personal intensity, and stamina, and with such a deep command of the music. You made the polyphony, and color changes of this piece sound so completely natural, and so well thought out. I truly felt I could look deep into the music itself, and travel with it’s voices as you took us on a journey through the changes of spiritual outlook in each movement. I really thank you as well for envisioning this project, and through your commitment, I felt you giving of yourself, and telling us of your love of Bach that night. All the best!!