NOTEBOOK for ANNAfor keyboard (after J. S. Bach) | 25'ca. (2006) download | purchase
* there are two audio versions, one on harpsichord and the other on piano.
The idea of revisiting, recreating, and reinterpretingThe Notebook for Anna (Clavier-büchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach) is a set of pieces attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. Three notebooks have come down to us from the Bach household: the Clavierbüchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1720) and the two “Musical Notebooks” for Anna Magdalena Bach (1722/1725). Each may be regarded as constituting a kind of family musical album. Contributions made by various composers are frequently interspersed with Bach’s own compositions. Minuets, rondeaux, polonaises, chorales, sonatas, preludes, musettes, marches, gavottes, are included in this famous book and has been used for centuries by teachers and students alike providing a glimpse into the domestic music of the 18th century and the musical taste of the entire Bach family.
This original piece, however, is a distorted approach to that work. It is a brand new personal twisted and curled version of Bach's piece. It is as if the art of Johann Sebastian Bach had been reflected through a broken mirror.
The idea of revisiting, recreating, and reinterpreting the art of the past came from my admiration to Pablo Picasso’s "Las Meninas" which is based on the famous painting by Diego Velázquez.
* audio version on piano
* audio version on harpsichord