And Why Bach?

Rosalyn Tureck

In analyzing the music and perceiving the elements of the unusual Subject and its relationship with the contrapuntal and harmonic elements, I suddenly lost consciousness, whether for a few seconds or half an hour, I shall never know. When I came to, my whole being was possessed of an insight which involved Bach’s concept of form and technique of structure. Simultaneously was the realization that I must develop a new way of thinking which would fit that concept and structure, and also the creation of a totally new technique…

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