Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Performances of the Week ... It's Baroque!

     Hi, piano friends! Today I'd like to share three pieces by the most famous of the Baroque performers, Bach and Handel. These are pieces that students in the studio are currently working on, and they are doing an amazing job!   
     The first piece is a good performance of Handel's Sarabande and Variations by a young man named Billy. This piece was composed for the harpsichord and not the piano, and I think Billy does a great job of capturing the simple beauty of these artfully arranged chords.

     The second performance by Chendi is a lovely rendition of Bach's Musette. Notice her lovely posture, hand position, and arm technique -- a hallmark of Irina Gorin's piano studio!

     The last great performance of the week is by another of Irina Gorin's students, Kailah, who is playing Bach's Invention No. 1 in C Major. If you listen closely you'll be able to hear two melodies being played at once. This is called counterpoint, and it was a distinguishing part of  a lot of Baroque music.

     Students, remember to leave a comment below to verify that you've done your listening for this week. If you'd like your post to be anonymous, just leave your initials in the post. Here's to great piano playing!


  1. I would like to say in the first one that it was a really good on how he played the piece. It would have been nice to get a more in depth of the way that he played the piece.


  2. I agree with you ... this is good feedback and good listening. Complex emotion in that piece is really difficult to convey. What do you think he could have done to make the piece more expressive? Sometimes the simplest songs are the most difficult.

  3. I was able to hear the counterpoint. I thought the lifts were good.