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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the performance challenges of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the performance challenges of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
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  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the performance challenges of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
  • Duration: 03:51
  • Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner explains the importance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos starting with how they represented a happy period in Bach’s otherwise sad life. Working with hand-picked Musicians under his music loving boss Prince Leopold, Sir John hears a sense of happiness and fun comes through the concerti along with wide instrumental colours and jazzy rhythmical zest. He also discusses the eccentric choice of instrumental pairings such as trumpet with recorder and how using modern instruments presents challenges of balance, that are not so evident when using period instruments. Sir John talks about the virtues of having hand-picked musicians just as in Bach’s time. Published as part of the Proms 2010 website: bbc.co.uk/proms/2010/ and was first broadcast on 16 July 2010. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Music

       Topic:

    Classical

  • Keywords: Bach, Brandenburg Concertos, period instruments, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Katie Derham, music, Proms
Ideas for use in class
  • supporting A level Music set works with contextual material. Very interesting clip with a valuable angle on the challenges of modern performance of Baroque classical repertoire.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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