After traveling to France in yesterday’s post, I take us to Italy today. The Italian Concerto (BWV 971) is another example of a handful of works that Bach composed for two-manual harpsichord. He utilized the ritornello (little return) style popularized by Italian composers of the day.
My musical mentor, Louis Moyse, arranged this work for flute and piano, as part of the Louis Moyse Flute Collection published by Schirmer. I have fond memories of working on this concerto with Louis years ago. In fact, he accompanied me at the piano – always a treat!
The Italian Concerto is widely recorded on piano and harpsichord. Treat yourself to this performance by pianist, András Schiff.