Music Magic and Wizards JS Bach "Unaccompanied Cello Suite"
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File.8 JS Bach " Unaccompanied Cello Suite "
Kozaburo Mori ( Music Writer)
In 1890, a 13-year-old Casals boy found an old sheet music at a musical instrument store in Barcelona. When I turned the page of the score, which was little known, the magic of music was intense and gently wrapped around him in an instant.
Rediscovery of the famous song "Unaccompanied Cello Suite".
Although it has been adapted to some extent, the musician who recognized the artistic value of the collection of songs, which was treated only as "practice songs for improving musical instruments" at that time, and made it known to the world with his wonderful performance. Pablo Casals.
"Father of Music" composed by Johann Sebastian Bach "6 unaccompanied cello suites".
There are 6 suites, each consisting of 6 songs. It was made about 300 years ago.
Few cellists don't play this song. On the contrary, the ultimate dream of every cellist is to play this song in front of Bach and get compliments in heaven. Often referred to as the "Old Testament of the Cello".
Bach is also hard ...
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* JS Bach (1685-1750)
This song is used as BGM, so many people will be familiar with it. What I would like to pay attention to is the fact that it is often used as music for contemporary dance. In other words, cutting-edge sensibilities and the power of music composed 300 years ago are needed by the audience.
Even so, the Bach of Casals recorded in the 1930s is wonderful. Strict Bach, also known as an investigator. I wanted to get in touch with the live performance of Casals at once. It's one of my personal, unfulfilled dreams.
* Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
What if Casals didn't meet Bach's sheet music?
I will ask such a nonsense question. It's been a long time ago, but there are musicians who think that they must have rediscovered this masterpiece. Anner Bylsma, the master of baroque cello, who passed away in July. He is one of the key players in the movement called "old musical instrument performance" and "original musical instrument performance" that became popular from the latter half of the 20th century.
Numerous famous recordings and performances, which were developed based on the idea of regaining the true appearance of the music by incorporating the instruments and playing styles of the composer's age, changed the classical industry completely.
On the harpsichord, not on the piano.
The orchestra is smaller and more snappy.
Fresh and nimble Bach as if the dust that had accumulated with the times was wiped out! Mozart! Beethoven!
The fun of being new while using old instruments!
Bylsma's Bach, which appeared in such a situation, naturally had a very different impression from what he had been accustomed to.
* Anner Bylsma (1934-2019)
Rather than romantically "singing", it is a performance that speaks to you. The original dance-like character is boldly incorporated, and the tempo is fast. Above all, the multi-melody structure of the music is revealed, and the more you listen to it, the more interesting it is, and the more you are deeply absorbed into the universe of Bach.
"It's like an eternal unfinished thing."
A friend of mine commented on Bylsma, but at a concert he had been in contact with many times, he was just like that.
The joy and confusion of witnessing the moment music is born there. It's kind of free ... the air.
I think the encounter with Bylsma changed the way I listen to music. A way of listening that was a bit authoritarian and a little sought after for the "ultimate".
* Anner Bylsma (1934-2019)
I was still in my twenties and wondered how it would be good to record "unaccompanied" or record Bach twice or three times, but now I'm crazy. Rather, young Bach is my favorite. Not only violas and guitars, but also "unaccompanied cello suites" performed on 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.
By the way, after experiencing Bylsma, try listening to the performance of Bylsma again.Then, I began to feel a delicate and sensitive aspect that I could not hear before. Just as music changes, so does your ears.
Such concerts of all Bach "Unaccompanied Cello Suite" will be held twice in November and December. Hidemi Suzuki, a baroque cellist and conductor who is proud of Japan, will perform. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of "now" he will listen to, who has studied under Bylsma and has a lot of experience in the early music.
I don't know if you can hear a light chat, but you can enjoy playing a baroque cello-specific instrument without a pin that sticks in the floor between your knees.
In memory of Mr. Bylsma, I definitely want to rush.
Master Bylsma, who had been ill for a long time and died without coming to Japan for a while. I can't forget when I met him in front of the dressing room after the concert.
The feel of the hand that received the sign and shook hands.
When I tried to sign Mrs. Vera Beths, a violinist, she was chatting with her friend. He hesitated and waited for me, and he kindly urged me to ask, "It's okay."
I received various treasures.
This event has ended.
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Hidemi Suzuki Ultimate Bach
Unaccompanied Cello Suite All Songs Concert No. 1 times
[Date] November 2nd (Sat) 14: 00-16: 00 (Open at 13:30)
[Venue] Tsurumi Ward Cultural Center Salvia Hall 3F Music Hall
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