Variations 19, 20, 21. Pianist Rachel Breen didn't have an ordinary classical music education; guided by her father, not himself a musician, Breen began with a diet exclusively of Bach. This episode delves into what it's like to learn Bach's music as a student -- the practice, the errors, the experimentation -- and what Bach was like as a teacher himself.
Interview and performance recorded on November 15, 2017.
Additional musical recordings, used with permission:
Bach, Gelobet deist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604, 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; Bach, Bourree from French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816, Susan Starr performing.