J. S. Bach's  Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery

New for 2020-2021

Bach’s 18 Little Preludes, too rarely taught and performed, offer an unparalleled window into Bach’s own pedagogy. Each one concerns itself with a specific challenge of technique, touch, style, or character – in a setting so beautiful that the students are meant to enjoy the struggle, as they prepare to tackle the great masterpieces of the Baroque Era.  This talk will present the Preludes and discuss their stylistic and technical features, as well as offering suggestions for teaching them.  Period performance practice, ornamentation, improvisation and pedaling with be considered.

Decoding the Bach Inventions

While we teachers often treat the Inventions as mere finger exercises, they are much more than that.  Bach wrote them for his own sons to teach, yes, finger independence, but, above all, compositional and contrapuntal techniques.  Each one is a little gem, with surprises, puzzles and jokes just waiting to be discovered.

Ferruccio Busoni's Bach:  The Birth of Modern Performance Practice

This talk explores Busoni's influence on how we play and teach the works of J. S. Bach from several perspectives by comparing the various transcriptions of Bach's Chaconne in D Minor; discussing Busoni's understanding of trochaic vs. iambic rhythms and how these shape interpretations; looking at Busoni's editions of Inventions, Sinfonias and the Well-Tempered Clavier, which are still relevant and immensely helpful to today's teachers and students.

UPCOMING LECTURES

10/06/2020 Lecture and Masterclass, The Piano League

10/2020  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", ISMTA State Convention

10/26/2020  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", SSMTA

11/12/2020  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", Naperville  MTA

11/13/2020  Teaching the Roberta Savler Competition Repertoir, CAMTA

11/19/2020  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", Salk Creek  MTA

01/18/202`  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", Fox Hills  MTA

02/22/2021  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", North Shore MTA

03/12/2021  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", Chicago Area MTA

03/22/2021  "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery.", SS MTA

RECENT LECTURES

 

7/20/2020  "Decoding the Inventions" and "J. S. Bach's Little Preludes:  The Gateway to Baroque Mastery."  The Children's Academy/Lake Michigan Music

01/18/2020 "Psychology of Practice and Performance",  Sala Bellini, Catania, Italy  

 

11/25/2019  "Decoding the Inventions" , NWSMTA, Rolling Meadows, IL 

11/08/2019  "Teaching the Savler Competition Repertoire", CAMTA, PianoForte Studios      

 

11/21/2019 "Teaching the Competition Repertoire", NWSMTA, Rolling Meadows 

03/25/2019  "Decoding the Inventions" , North Shore MTA, Winnetka

11/26/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , South Suburban MTA, South Holland

11/15/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , Salt Creek MTA, Elmhurst

11/09/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , Naperville  MTA

10/26/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , Illinois State Conference, ISMTA, De Kalb

10/12/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , Chicago Area MTA

10/08/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , Fox Hills MTA , Crystal Lake, IL

11/26/2018  "Decoding the Inventions" , Wheaton MTA

02/19/2018  "Ferruccio Busoni's Bach" , NWSMTA. Rolling Meadows

02/08/2018  "Psychology of Practice and Performance" , Naperville  MTA

11/27/2017  "Ferruccio Busoni's Bach" , North Shore MTA

11/03/2017  "Ferruccio Busoni's Bach" , ISMTA State Convention

09/21/2017  "Ferruccio Busoni's Bach" , West Suburban MTA

12/03/2016  "Ferruccio Busoni' as Pianist"  BBC Radio

01/07/2016  "Psychology of Practice and Performance",  West SuburbanMTA

12/13/2015 "Teaching the Savler Competition Repertoire", CAMTA,

10/19/2015  "Psychology of Practice and Performance", NWSMTA

01/15/2015  " Fairy Godmothers, Mysterious Rites, and Irresistible fruit: Russian 20th century ballet music", Salt Creek MTA

01/08/2015  " Fairy Godmothers, Mysterious Rites, and Irresistible fruit: Russian 20th century ballet music", Naperville MTA

03/26/2014  " Fairy Godmothers, Mysterious Rites, and Irresistible fruit: Russian 20th century ballet music", MTNA National Convention

11/26/2012  "Psychology of Practice and Performance", Tainan Music Teachers Association, Taiwan

11/03/2012  "Psychology of Practice and Performance", Mississippi Music Teachers Association Convention

BBC Radio3 programme -- Busoni: Music's Forgotten Visionary