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Repertoire Course: Playing Bach’s Prelude, BWV 1007 on the Classical Guitar:
The prelude from Bach’s first unaccompanied cello suite is one of my long time favorite pieces. Pablo Casals , the great cellist, discovered an edition of the suites in a thrift shop when he was 13 (they were considered to be “studies,” not concert pieces, at that time.) He realized their quality and took many years learning them before he felt ready to perform them.
Here’s a “contemplative” interpretation of the prelude. It’s more in the spirit of an “unmeasured prelude,” in which I’m following the shape of each phrase and allowing space for the harmonies to surprise and affect my playing.
What’s happening at JayKauffman.com:
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A Recital at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, this September 20th at 4:30 Pm. It’s a wonderful venue—a historical mansion in Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx.
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It’s transcribed for the advanced classical guitar, from G Major into D Major. The Rondo in C is in G Major. If you’re a bit burned out on Sor and Giuliani and their ilk, it’s a lot of fun to play a great composer such as Mozart on the guitar. A worthy challenge for all!