J.S.Bach’s Prelude & Fugue n°10 in E Minor, Well-Tempered Klavier book 1 (BWV 855).
This prelude evokes in me a thought of the absolute power of Time. Time with a capital, one of the, if not the most powerful force, energy source of life, unstoppable and running its own pace regardless of anything. The left hand represents that constant motion, frightening almost, rigid and cold against the emotional exclamations of the right hand that wants to escape but can’t.
I have given the presto part a long thought (years) and decided to do something Bach did not write down… shame on me… but to me the effect is powerful and (most important) I like it + (even more important) I feel the piece gets a kind of balance.
The fugue is an elegant translation of the pure mechanics of the left hand (Time) of the prelude. But strangely enough, Time cannot dance, it has a hard time (punch intended) to deviate from it’s rigidity which is imperative to inject movement with elegance. For that, it would need some human qualities which it hasn’t. Powerful, yes, but superior?
Not if we use it to our advantage!
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Recorded on 14.10.2017
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Recording n° 128
14 October 2017
Clavichord after Saxon Model ca 1750/70, Joris Potvlieghe 2009