Bach’s Music Lesson
Sebastian Bach was no idle dilettante, penning music here and there when the
elusive muse whispered in his ear. As cantor at
Â One of the prolific composerâs many tasks included writing music as tutorial material for aspiring keyboardists, starting with his own children. The trio of compositions performed by Murray Perahia on Bach Partitas 2, 3 & 4 (released by Sony Classics) were written between 1725 and 1730 and published at Bachâs own expense in a volume called âKeyboard Practice.â They were not dry, dust-cough exercises, but were engaging pieces of music, even as they encouraged eager fingers to run up and down the keys in search of the many permutations of his melodies.
Â Perahia is considered one of the leading interpreters of Bach on modern piano, an instrument struggling to be born in the composerâs lifetime from the parentage of quieter instruments such as the harpsichord. The Grammy-winning Perahia brings sensitivity to Bachâs vision, a carefully nuanced empathy combined with prodigious technical ability.