Episode 6

Playing for No One | Bach, the pandemic, and three centuries of private musical craftsmanship

As a culture, we celebrate music made for public consumption, but rarely do we acknowledge music that is not only made, but in the making. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we turn our attention to the practice of music as a craft developed in solitude for centuries. In doing so, we find Bach’s music a staple of the private practice studio, where amateurs and professionals alike have found in his counterpoint a universe of self exploration. Featuring interviews with members of the 30Bach and tonebase communities, as well as tonebase Artists Anne-Marie McDermott, Simone Dinnerstein, and Emanuel Ax.

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Episode 6

Featured tonebase Artists

This episode features the voices of world-class pianists and professors. All of the interviews in this episode come directly from their lessons on tonebase. Click below to view profiles and lessons.

Recordings used in this episode

Bach-Rachmaninoff: Gavotte from Violin Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006, Andrew Tyson performing, recorded by tonebase, published October 10, 2020 on Youtube. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiEzd....

Bach: Fugue in G Major, BWV 540, James Kibbie performing. Sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance with generous support from Dr. Barbara Furin Sloat in honor of J. Barry Sloat. Additional support provided by the Office of Vice-President for Research, the University of Michigan. Available at http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/.

Bach: “Goldberg Variations,” Aria, BWV 988, Lowry Yankwich performing, Palo Alto, CA, September 8, 2020.

Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 55, No. 1 in F Minor, Emanuel Ax performing, recorded by tonebase.

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846, Kimiko Ishizaka performing. Part of “Open Well-Tempered Clavier,” available at https://kimikoishizaka.bandcamp.com/album/bach-well-tempered-clavier-book-1.

Bach: English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, Prelude, BWV 807, Anne-Marie McDermott performing, part of album, “Bach,” 2006. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt2qHi9u-6U.

“Tea for Two,” Art Tatum performing, 1933, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kMEPYU1Xwg.

Glenn Gould, “Off the Record,” presented by the Canadian Broadcasting Company and produced by the National Film Board, 1959. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL9YjM1BqgY.

Bach: Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852, Simone Dinnerstein practicing, May 2020. Available at https://www.facebook.com/simonedinnerstein.

Glass: Etude No. 16, Simone Dinnerstein performing, part of album “A Charactuer of Quiet,” 2020, Orange Mountain Music.

Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, "Ich will dir mein Herze schenken," Netherlands Bach Society performing. Recorded for the project “All of Bach” on 16th and 19th of April, 2014, at Grote Kerk, Naarden. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYi1E1dkth0.

Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, Emanuel Ax performing, part of album, “Chopin: Ballades & Mazurkas; Scherzos and other works,” 17 October 2005, RCA.

Bellini: "L'abbandono,” Montserrat Caballé, Miguel Zanetti, 1981, part of album, “Montserrat Caballe: Italian Operas Arias & Lieder/Airs D'Operas & Melodies (Artistes Repertoires),” first available 10 February 2007, BMG International. Published 9 January 2013 to Youtube. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otME3....

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 15, Leon Fleisher, George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra performing, 1953, reissued by Sony Classical, 1997.

Chopin: Prélude in C Major, Op. 28, No. 1, Moritz Rosenthal performing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZtGeqTtbeo.

Ravel: “Jeux d’eau,” Gwendolyn Mok performing, 2002, published February 11, 2015 on Youtube. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn4LW5mASzA.

Schubert: Waltz No.1 from D.145, Op.18, E major, Viviana Sofronitsky performing on Graf-style piano by Paul McNulty with Turkish and Bassoon pedals. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QOz7X-Pz_c