When Bach was working as cantor of the main churches in Leipzig during the 1700’s, part of his responsibility was to perform a church cantata every Sunday and for every major holiday. Therefore, during his early years in Leipzig, he composed a new work every week!
In today’s world, that seems impossible…
Last evening, however, I heard a live performance by the American mandolin virtuoso, Chris Thile. His one-man show covered a multitude of genres including progressive bluegrass, folk, country, blues, jazz and classical. And, yes, he includes an impressive dose of Bach in his repertoire, most notably the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.
I was entranced with his performance of the Presto from the Sonata No. 1 in G minor (BWV 1001). I was equally taken with the fact that Thile will be assuming the role of host on the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion when Garrison Keillor retires in October. Last night, Thile announced that he will be writing a new song every week for the show.
Maybe it’s not so impossible after all!
Enjoy this video recording of Thile performing the Presto from Sonata No. 1.