#BachFest in pittsburgh


today is bach day in pittsburgh & i was in 5.5 of 12 hours of the bachxtravaganza happening until 10 tonight / this is the “festival of bach” being held at the calvary episcopal church in shadyside \ organized by the pittsburgh music alliance, the 10am-10pm free concert is a collaboration of five pittsburgh treasures:  chatham baroque, the bach choir of pittsburgh, chamber music pittsburgh, the pittsburgh camerata and renaissance & baroque / the idea of the festival is to bring together each group’s expertise to showcase johann sebastian bach’s genius & body of work

my favorites of course and what i came to see were bach’s works for lute & violin / my awesome lute teacher, scott pauley of chatham baroque, performed the only lute segment of the programme \ it was such a treat! / i have been listening to bach’s lute compositions as performed on guitar by sharon isbin & john williams as well as on lute by paul o’dette  \ it’s nothing like seeing one’s teacher performing an idol’s work! / scott played selections from the lute suite in g minor bwv 995 \ chatham baroque performed sonata in g major bwv 1021 <discovered only in 1929>

i waited out to watch chamber music pittsburgh perform violin concerto in a minor bwv 1040 & violin concerto for two violins bwv 1043 \ before these was the magnificent andrew foust of chatham baroque who performed beautifully the d minor partita for solo violin bwv 1004 chaconne <now a new favorite> / no fail, everytime i hear andrew foust play i wonder “how does he make that sound?” \ we gave andrew a standing ovation

the repertoire in the evening includes the well-tempered clavier performed by the renaissance city winds & the river city brass quartet / i missed this and bist du bei mir from the famous notebook of anna magdalena \ disappointingly,  air in g was not in the festival repertoire / nonetheless, the festival is a great treat for bach fans!


bwv stands for bach-werke-verzeichnis (bach works catalogue) which is a thematic catalogue of bach’s works / the catalogue was created in 1950 by the german musicologist wolfgang schmieder (1901-1990)

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