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Recently I played Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E minor (sometimes called The Cathedral). As I was working on it I turned to the editor's notes to see if there were any helpful suggestions. I was a bit startled to read the first sentence: "This Prelude is frequently tortured by performers." More tidbits:

"It is incomprehensible how some performers can, 'for the sake of variety,' play off the great and second manuals against each other from measure 14 on.... Equally at fault are those others who, on special keyboards with solo stops, whisper out measures 18-25.... Are modern musicians so lost to all sense for solemn grandeur that they are unable to discover it even when it confronts them in the creations of a period long past?"

"The Fugue shared the fate of the Prelude.... It was broken on the wheel and torn asunder."

Date: 2014-07-25 06:30 am (UTC)
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This makes me bizarrely happy.

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