In earlier times, whenever was discovered that you were an organist, one of the first thing asked was often: “Can you also play this: ta ta ta – ta ta ta ta ta TA?”. And if you were invited to do a concert somewhere, the anxious question was more than once if you could possibly include “ta ta ta – ta ta ta ta ta TA.” in the program. The spoilsport who politely declined, saying he’d rather eat eight MegaBurgers in a row than playing that one for the umptieth time seriously risked a concert chance...
Not on our beloved Concert Hall ofcourse. There you can choose what you upload and “ta ta ta – ta ta ta ta ta TA.” is abundantly present.
So searching between the Poblet Metzler uploads, I was surprised that “ta ta ta – ta ta ta ta ta TA.” was sorely missing on that particular instrument.
Up to now collegues circumvented it, while other Bach Toccata’s were VERY present. The G-Dur is there, the F-Dur (twice!), the a-moll, all safely away from d-minor, but also the h–moll, C-Dur (getting closer) and even D-Dur (sic !), but no-one thought of “ta ta ta – ta ta ta ta ta TA.”-ing the d-moll away.
So I decided to do the job myself then.
As it is a young man’s bravoura piece I tried to play it like that at my advanced age, as under my wrinkled exterior there’s still an 18 year old boy inside trying to get out....
Life is beautiful and so is “ta ta ta – ta ta ta ta ta TA.”
N.B.: Any resemblance to a stylish baroque performance is purely accidental!