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!
- Make sure you've read the guidelines before replying (<- click)
- Watch the kickoff livestream for help with the first section!
If you want to describe your process (optional), feel free to use the following template.
- Things you found easy:
- Things you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
- (Optional:) questions
↓ Reply below with your submissions and questions! ↓
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!
This version of the Prelude was done by Ponce for Segovia to bring out the music using the capabilities, beauty and poetry of the modern day guitar. I first heard it while watching (with my father) a Segovia Masterclass series on TV filmed in Santiago de Compostella, Spain in I think about 1965. Segovia played this for his students. IMO, it was a magical guitar moment.
I have played the bare bones version, but always wanted to learn this one. It was more difficult than expected and is still in process. Here it is!