I am preparing to perform an all-Bach concert tomorrow evening for Bedford Chamber Concerts in Bedford, NY. The artistic director and harpsichordist is Anthony Newman, renowned keyboard player, organist, and Baroque scholar. The program includes the Sonata in E Minor, the Suite in B Minor, Brandenburg Concerto #5, and Partita in A Minor for solo flute. The ensemble is a string quintet of wonderful musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. We have been rehearsing in a studio in New York, steeping ourselves in this magnificent music.
Debussy admired the music of Bach, and wrote: “on each page we discover things which we thought were born only yesterday, from delightful arabesques to an overflowing of religious feeling greater than anything we have since discovered.”
Listening to Debussy in the context of Bach opens my ears to new ideas. I played Syrinx tonight with my heart full of the music of two of my favorite composers.