Monthly Archives: March 2005

Musical Examples, heavens!

bachsarabande Originally uploaded by Jeremy Denk. For those musicians who are reading, who want to “follow along” with the last post… The chromatic tenor line in question begins in the geographical middle of the page, continues for two measures … savvy readers and analysts will note that it is a continuation/response to a chromatic descending […]

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Memo Pads?

I must feel some extreme subconscious need to “explain Falstaff,” because this morning I awoke from a vivid dream where I was doing just that. At an upright piano, in a beautifully furnished room (seemingly drawn from the set of the WB show Charmed), I was explaining to an unknown woman the beauties of Verdi’s […]

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Bach Continued

Practicing, practicing, practicing: my hummus and pita is strangely unsatisfying (if necessary) after 6 hours of Bach. What is amazing is how IDIOTIC the “old ways” of playing something seem (and by old I mean six months ago): how incredibly self-critical you become. And the idiocy is usually inattention… and so I force myself, bit […]

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Bach

As my friend put it, it is “All Bach All The Time” in my place these days, which is wonderful but overwhelming. One would guess that a lot of the work would be very cerebral: fingerings, sorting-out, mental gymnastics. That is true, and it takes a lot of patience– but much of the work for […]

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