Music is a mystery for people who play it, write it, listen to it, and write about it. The only thing I can really do when I try to say something about music is assume.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Karl Richter: A Great Argument for Playing Bach on Modern Instruments
Richter's recordings, made before people began to question the validity of playing Bach on modern instruments, were my introduction Bach. Here's a really good example of the way Bach's music transcends time, trends, instruments, and media.
I am active as a composer, a violist, a violinist, a recorder player, and as a teacher. I began my professional musical life as a flutist, and spent a lot of quality time as a baroque flutist, but I no longer have my baroque flute. Now my modern flute spends most of its time tucked away in a drawer, while my violin, viola, and my viola d'amore are often tucked under my chin.