WEEK 3: Heavenly Harmonies of J.S.Bach!
Welcome to the Main Thread for the third week of the J.S.Bach Challenge! This is the place to post submissions of the third week!
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Here is my first attempt of the Loure from the violin suite in E. I didn’t quite know how to approach this piece (you don’t hear that many Loures). I try to emphasize the 1st and 4th beat to give it pulse, but it’s hard to keep going with all these ornaments,. And I think those are essential in this score. Anyone ideas on this? First I planned to play the 1st time without, but when recording I forgot about that idea.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - from Cantata BWV 147
After I practiced "Air on the G String" in the first week, I started practicing this one for 2 weeks. My playing is not good, but it's almost the end of Bach's month, so I think it's time to share my practice result with the community.
Things I found easy: The arrangement I have is a simplified version, so it's not too difficult, but still challenging to me.
Things I found difficult: Again, keeping the flow was very difficult when recording this piece. After starting the first note, those non-stop triplets were like water running down the hill, every tiny mistake would interrupt the flow of the music. I misplaced my fingers so many times when playing this piece, and kept re-recording it again and again.
Another difficult point was cross-string trills, this was my first time playing cross-string trills, still don't know what it should sound like.
Hi, friends! For this 4th week I did something different (for me, at least). I listened to some pieces for clavichord and choose one to transcribe for two guitars.
…And the Oscar goes to... BWV 930 Prelude!!
I didn't find any recording with guitar or guitar duo, just pianos and clavichords. Maybe that is the WORLD PREMIERE of BWV 930 for guitar duo...
Most recordings are at 90 BPM. To be honest, I prefer a bit faster, 100 or even so 120, but I followed the crowd.
I discovered that is not easy to record a guitar duo video... Anyway, the result is below. No ornaments, just experimentation. For me, it was like a playground!