The Minuet Suite Re-imagined Bach
Presented by Biblioteek produksies. Daniel Zachariah Franks: upright bass, violins, mandolin, and oud Elton Goslett: guitars Dr. Marc Rontsch: guitars 335 years and 6 days after Johann Sebastian Bach came into the world on 21 March 1685, South Africa went into Covid-19 lockdownâ€¦ In his 65 years, Bach composed 1128 pieces. During #lockdown2020, us musicians had plenty of time to go through our favourite Bach pieces and see which among them we could best twist and turn into our unique style. And so we present â€˜The Minuet Suiteâ€™, three Bach minuets re-imagined in gypsy-jazz style, straight from the tip of Africa. PROGRAMME: Minuet 1 (Originally BWV Anh 116) Weâ€™ve â€˜mutatedâ€™ this melody and given it a typical gypsy-jazz arrangement. The mandolin and principal violin play the melody in unison, while the 5-string violin doubles it down an octave and the bass walks the changes along to the guitarâ€™s rhythm. Minuet 2 (Originally BWV 822) This arrangement also features unison mandolin and violin parts on the head with the oud doubling the melody an octave lower. All gypsy-jazzifiedâ€¦ Minuet 3 (Originally BWV Anh 114) We call this one â€˜faux-Bachâ€™ but we love it nonetheless. We play this Bach-esque melody closer to the tempo of a traditional gypsy waltz.
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