Illustrating the differences between the baroque and modern violin

Discussing Bach's Ciaccona from Partita BWV 1004 for solo violin with participant Mikyung Kim


"Performing Bach in Baroque Style" Workshop

Janet was the string faculty of the inaugural "Performing Bach in Baroque Style: A Workshop for Players of Modern Instruments and Singers" at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, from 26 June to 2 July 2011. Workshop Director Raymond Erickson's vision was to introduce professionally trained musicians who had no previous experience with period instruments or historical performance practices to information about the performance of Bach's music gleaned from recent research. Participants studied and performed works from Bach's solo instrumental, ensemble and cantata repertoire. Janet taught private lessons to the professional-level string players, coached small and large ensembles, and presented a lecture-demonstration, "Understanding Baroque Style through Study of the Baroque Bow and Bowing." Lectures by Raymond Erickson offered a multi-disciplinary, cultural perspective on Bach's music. Soprano Sally Sanford and flutist Sandra Miller provided stimulating insights based on their own research and performance experience. Baroque dance classes led by Dorothy Olsson were a highlight of the program.

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