The photographs were taken at Innisfree Garden October 17, 2015, the last weekend of its season. Photographers and artists, who had come early for a rare chance to take in the morning light, lingered on, and another group was gathering for a curator’s garden walk as we arrived. We went our own way, taking in the beautiful autumn day.
JS Bach, Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 (1738)
The D Minor concerto is likely among Bach’s earliest, written in Cöthen (or even Weimar) in response to Vivaldi’s models, even though the harpsichord transcription dates from the Leipzig years. The first movement is a marvel of economy, opening with a sweeping unison statement that provides, one way or another, all of the movement’s melodic resources. The adagio also commences with an extended unison that becomes the underlying bass for a series of elaborated cantilena passages, the whole concluding with a restatement of that opening unison. The closing triple-meter allegro clearly evokes Vivaldi’s foursquare rhythmic style, paying an appropriate tribute to the Venetian master’s potent influence. [citation]
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