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Triosonate nr. 4, e moll (BWV 528): Adagio Vivace

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Uploaded by: ajongbloed (10/10/21)
Composer: Bach, J. S.
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Groningen, St. Martini
Software: Hauptwerk V
Genre: Baroque
The last few months I worked on the third Triosonata. The last few weeks I worked on the fourth,

Ever since I started with my personal project 'learn all Bach's 6 Triosonatas' I dreaded the fourth sonata the most. It seems to me the most difficult of the 6 Triosonatas. The first movement has a theme and figurations that are very uncomfortable for the left hand (well, at least for my left hand), the second movement is a slow movement with nevertheless rapid 32th notes and large jumps for the hands, and the last movement features a lot of rapid triplets in both hands ánd feet.

So it came a bit of a suprise that I managed to record this first movement in a 'first time right manner'. Most of the time I need several recordings before I get one that is more or less right. It is known that Bach wrotes these Triosonatas for the organ playing education of his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. And even though they are considered nowadays as concert pieces, and not as compositions suitable for organ education, in my personal experience, playing and practising these triosonatas really helps in developing technique and becoming comfortable on the organ bench in all kind of difficult postures.

I still wouldn't recommend these sonatas for beginners. Nevertheless, they really help me in becoming a better player. So perhaps it is actually not a bad idea for medium players to start learning them. Even though it takes a lot of time to practise them, it is time well spend. The music itself is of a timeless beauty, And the effects on organ playing ability are worth all the time spend.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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