When: Wednesdays, Oct 7 – Nov 11, 1:00-3:00-pm

Where: Rincon Congregational Church

Cost: $165.00 for 6 session(s)


Instructor: Alexander Tentser studied piano performance at the celebrated Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow. In 1990 he immigrated to the United States
Alexander Tentser

When Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist and one of the most important Bach’s interpreters recorded Goldberg Variations for the first time in his career in 1957 it became a revelation for many listeners, particularly the young ones. It turned out Bach’s music sounded modern and attractive. Numerous arrangements of his music began to appear in 1960s and 1970s, including jazz and even rock versions. Why did it happen then and what are the cultural trends that still keep Bach’s music alive and well in our time?

Consider Bach’s era, the musical styles of his time and his son’s contribution to the understanding and misunderstanding of his heritage. Examine the enormous impact of Felix Mendelssohn who introduced Bach’s choral masterpieces to wider audiences. Discuss Beethoven’s and Mozart’s understanding of Bach’s music, and Romantic interpretations of his works in the 19th century. Finally, travel in time to the beginning of the 20th century to discover Wanda Landowska’s resurrection of Bach’s harpsichord music and the beginning of modern interpretation of his heritage.

Whether you are familiar with Bach’s music or not, you’ll enjoy this course, richly illustrated with music examples and pieces by J. S. Bach and his sons as well as well-known compositions by other masters who became fascinated with his music. Combining lecture with piano performance, Alex Tentser will showcase the significant impact of this musical genius.

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