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Bach on the Road

In the spring of 2020, as the entire world shut down, I looked for comfort through the violin. For me, that meant the solo violin works of J.S. Bach.

Of course, I wasn’t alone in this! So many of my friends and colleagues posted solo Bach videos around the same time, and for good reason: these works are a treasure trove of musical invention, and there are also a great way to get in shape or to stay in shape.

I wanted to focus on taking you through these works rather than just playing them through, however, so I thought of a somewhat fantastical premise: I imagined that Bach, in addition to being a great keyboard virtuoso, was the world’s greatest violinist as well! And even though in real life, his six Sonatas and Partitas were forgotten for 100 years, in my version of reality Bach himself took these pieces on a world tour.

So what was my pretend role in all of this? I was a roadie, a hanger-on, who followed Bach to each tour stop and made careful notes of what I heard. Then the next day, I took my listeners through the pieces as I understood them.

I called this collection of demonstrations “Bach on the Road”, and I offer you the collection of all 18 below. I appeared live on Facebook and YouTube three times a week for six weeks, focusing on one of the solo works each week.

Tour stops

Tour stop 1: Leipzig, Germany

Tour stop 2: Prague, Czech Republic

Tour stop 3: Budapest, Hungary

Tour stop 4: Istanbul, Turkey

Tour stop 5: Vagharshapat, Armenia

Tour stop 6: Isfahan, Iran

Tour stop 7: Delhi, India

Tour stop 8: Bangkok, Thailand

Tour stop 9: Miagao, Philippines

Tour stop 10: Teotihuacan, Mexico

Tour stop 11: Cachoeira, Brazil

Tour stop 12: Boston, MA, USA

Tour stop 13: Fez, Morocco

Tour stop 14: London, UK

Tour stop 15: Paris, France

Tour stop 16: Geneva, Switzerland

Tour stop 17: Rome, Italy

Final tour stop 18: Athens, Greece

1 thought on “Bach on the Road”

  1. Hi Nate,
    This is perfect. Now that the Violympics have finished I have some music with which to try my new skills. My Urtext edition of the Partitas and Sonatas has been a challenge I’ve dipped into only here and there. Thanks so much for putting them all in one place.
    Thanks So Much,
    William Wise

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