Piano Repertoire

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

Bach’s 18 Little Preludes, too rarely taught and performed, offer an unparalleled window into Bach’s own pedagogy.  While Inventions and Sinfonias teach the contrapuntal style and compositional techniques, the Preludes concern themselves with expressive playing. Each one focuses on 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 video is available for download at a nominal fee.

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.

Decoding the Bach Inventions

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.

RECENT 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

 

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  

 

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

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