Bach Cello Suites (III)

3/1 — Prelude: This sounds like practicing scales. I return again to the pedagogical nature of these pieces. But what sweet, dramatic teaching / learning. Busy & thoughtful at the beginning, rising energy through the middle but still meditative, then those urgent pauses, trying to think of exactly the next thing to say, in the last moments. I imagine hearing this through an open window on a summer day, someone nearby practicing. And I mean practicing in all the sense of the word. The end feels more like a beginning. I often have the sense of inhabiting a room when I listen to these pieces, or a series of rooms in a large building.

3/2 — Allemande: Delicate steps. A folk tune. A tripping rhythm, skipping hand-in-hand. I hear voices trading parts. William Blake’s Songs of Innocence.