J. S. Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054

October 18, 2017

I have been truly enjoying to learn this joyful concerto. Bach may have played it with his Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, or possible with Family Ensemble at his house (!) in 1738-9. The first movement is a full Da Capo Form, starting with jubilant spirit and fanfare-like tutti! It is lot of fun! That is sure. The second movement is chaconne, keyboard right hand portraits expressive and singing line over the basso continuo. Also this beautiful melody is improvisatory, inviting us to add our own ornamentations. The last movement is a sun-shine (really fun!!) movement with pianists’ fast fingers. Yes, there are many notes to play! This movement is very short, about 2 and 1/2 minutes, and I imagine Bach had a deadline to finish this work! When he put the music on the music stands the ink may not had been dried yet!

If you will be free this Saturday October 21 at 4pm please join me to experience J. S. Bach’s amazing gift. The venue will be at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena.