Being able to follow the orchestral score while listening is a rare pleasure.
I especially discovered the soul of the petite bande: a Belgian flemish, Sigiswald Kuijken.
Already a real counter-engineer in 1964, he traveled the world with ensembles of ancient music. The reinventor of the "shoulder cello" or viola da spalla (very likely the instrument Bach had in mind for his famous cello suites). The 3 basses you can see and hear on the video above.
Dear Mr Sigiswald Kuijken and his la petite bande need support, the state grant for such a successful - and important - research institution on Bach has been withdrawn, and they have to ask for donations, ah misery ...
Yet, in the genre, they are what Old Europe does best.
Sigiswald has, moreover, superbly studied the famous Chaconne - a must for violinists - and recorded one of the best versions I know. Not a flaw, each note lives in its proper place, a masterpiece of instrumental solo music.
A simple improvisation on the cadence that I give for the musicians here
- 3/4, one point for a beat, the chord lasts over the following point (s):
Dm . .
Eo7/D A7/C # .
Dm Bb .
Gm Dm/A A7
Your mission, if you accept it: improvise solo for 14 minutes on these four measures
I give the breathtaking chromatic epic from the end of the Chaconne to those in a rush, for the musical mastery of Sigiswald Kuijken.
But one thing is for sure, if I look in my yard, the counterculture never reached the backyards, when I see the situation these poor hens have to endure every day, the pecking and things that happen at any time in the yard from behind without warning, I find myself almost hoping that the henhouses would be managed by Femen squadrons.
Better get back to the beginning of our Chaconne