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 composerâ€™s 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 Bachâ€™s own expense in a volume called â€śKeyboard Practice.â€ť 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 composerâ€™s lifetime from the parentage of quieter instruments such as the harpsichord. The Grammy-winning Perahia brings sensitivity to Bachâ€™s vision, a carefully nuanced empathy combined with prodigious technical ability.