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Magic of music and magicians JS Bach “Unaccompanied Cello Suite”

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File.8 JS Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suite
Saburo Mori ( music writer)

In 1890, a 13-year-old Casals boy found an old book at a musical instrument store in Barcelona. When I turned the page of the music sheet, which was hardly known, the magic of music was intense and wrapped him gently.
The rediscovery of the masterpiece “Unaccompanied Cello Suite”.

A musician who was slightly adapted, but at the time, ascertained the artistic value of a collection of songs that were only treated as “practice songs for improving the instrument”, Pablo Casals.

"Father of Music" composed by Johann Sebastian Bach "All 6 solo cello suites".
There are 6 suites composed of 6 songs each. It was made about 300 years ago.
Few cellists don't play this song. On the contrary, the ultimate dream that all cellists see is to have this song praised in heaven in front of Bach. Often referred to as “The Old Testament of Cello”.
Bach is also hard ...
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* JS Bach (1685-1750)

This song is often used as background music, so many people are familiar with it. What I want to pay attention to is the fact that it is frequently used as contemporary dance music. In other words, cutting-edge sensibility and the audience need the power of music composed 300 years ago.

Still, Casals Bach recorded in the 1930s is wonderful. Strict Bach, also known as an investigator. I wanted to get in touch with Casals live music once. It's one of my personal and impossible dreams.

* Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

What if Casals did not meet Bach's score?
Try such a nonsense question. There is a musician who thinks that it will surely rediscover this masterpiece, although it will go down a long time. Anna Bursma, a Baroque cello master who had regretted in July. He is one of the leading figures of the movement called “Performance of old musical instruments” and “Performance of original instruments”, which became popular since the latter half of the 20th century.
Numerous recordings and performances developed based on the idea of regaining the true appearance of the music by incorporating musical instruments and performance styles of the period of composition, transformed the classical music industry.
Not a piano but a harpsichord.
The orchestra is smaller and more crisp.
A fresh and nimble Bach that seems to have wiped out the dust that has accumulated with the times! Mozart! Beethoven!
The fun of using old instruments while being new!
Naturally, the Birthma Bach that appeared in this situation had a very different impression from what I had been accustomed to.
* Anna Birthma (1934-2019)

Rather than “singing” romantically, a performance that speaks. The original dance personality is also boldly adopted, and the tempo is quick. Above all, the multi-melody structure of the music is revealed, and the more interesting it is to listen to, the deeper and deeper inspiration into the universe called Bach.
"It's like an eternal incomplete"
It was a word that my friend commented about Bursma, and that was exactly what he said at the concert he was in contact with many times.
The joy and embarrassment of being present at the moment music is born there. It ’s kind of free… air.

I think that meeting with Bilsma has changed the way I listen to music. How to listen to something a little authoritarian and “ultimate”.

* Anna Birthma (1934-2019)

I was still in my twenties and thought about how to record “unaccompanied” or record Bach two or three times, but now I ’m not happy. Rather, young Bach is a favorite. Viola and guitar as well as “unaccompanied cello suite” performed by marimba and saxophone are welcome. Everyone is seriously challenging Bach, and if the sound is different, you may notice the new charm of the song.
Speaking of which, after experiencing Bursma, when I listen back to Casals performance,I felt a delicate and sensitive side that I couldn't hear. Your ears change as music changes.

Such concerts of all Bach “Unaccompanied Cello Suite” songs will be held twice in November and December. The performance will be performed by Hidemi Suzuki, the baroque cellist and conductor of Japan. I'm really looking forward to seeing what “now” he listens to under Bilsma, who is also experienced in authentic Japanese music.
I don't know if you can listen to a light chatter, but you can enjoy playing a baroque cello with a pinless instrument that pierces the floor.
I would like to rush in the sense of memorial to Mr. Bilsma.

Master Bursma who has been ill for a long time and died without visiting Japan for a while. I can't forget the time I met in front of the dressing room after the concert.
The feel of the hand that gave me a signature and shook hands.
When I tried to sign Mrs. Vera Beth, Mrs. Violinist, I was talking to a friend. He kindly urged me to wait and ask me, "Please be assured."
I received various treasures.

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Cello Suites songs concert the first time
[Date and time] November 2 (Sat) 14: 00-16: 00 (13:30 opening)
[MeetingPlace] Tsurumi Ward Cultural Center Salvia Hall 3F Music Hall

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