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peterm



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
Peter, can you describe what pleases a performer, as for instance the instrumentalists seen in some of these Cantatas, when he or she lifts delicately
off the final note of a movement---and holds position for several seconds, before lowering the hands, or the instrument ?

What does this practice add; what function or desire is satisfied by the ritual observance of this move . . .

I can imagine that, for one thing, the dying sound is heard and respected---both for the performer and for the audience. What else---or what more, can
you suggest ?

S


It’s partly follow through, but more importantly to savor the reverberations, heard and unheard, of the final note/chord. It also asks the audience to hold applause until the body of the performer is “at ease”, at which time the silence may be interrupted. The performer also needs to hold tension if continuing on. When that tension is released, it’s the equivalent of an exhale.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Peter. That accords well with what I see and hear . . .


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq0-_ESaXAg&t=3527s

Here are some older recordings, of three cantatas and a nine-minute chorale a capella. Some fine music; notable specially are wind and organ performances.
The throaty female soloists are a bit anachronistic, especially when we recall that these parts were written for far more ethereal, dry and angelic boy's voices.

But these are some of the finest cantatas from this composer, parts of them at least familiar to many, and performed superbly.

S
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InMFDUIqxRk

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