This week, we’ll be listening to two pieces for two very different solo instruments: piano and cello. First on the program, cellist Colin Carr will play one of the six solo suites Bach wrote for the cello. In these pieces, made up of solo melodic lines, harmony still plays a big role. In fact, while you’re listening you may notice your ear filling in notes that aren’t actually played, like connecting the dots on a page. In this suite, Bach gives the listener just enough dots to evoke those harmonies, while still retaining a melancholy sparseness in the music. After the delicacy of the Bach’s cello suites, the opening of Schubert’s A minor piano sonata seems downright bombastic. The first movement shuttles back and forth between declarative chords, like the opening, and longer, poetic lines, a familiar hallmark of Schubert’s style.
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