Bach Double Play-Along video that I posted earlier this week, I had plenty of time to ponder this famous piece, which was once again bouncing around in my head.As I prepared to record the
I’d guess that Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins has played a part in most violinists' (and string players') lives — either musically or personally. It is often the first big, difficult duet that a violinist ever learns, and putting it together for the first time can feel like assembling a mechanical clock with hundreds of small moving parts!
I've taught it to many students, and I've performed in various settings - from Suzuki group class to a more formal performance with orchestra. I've even been to several "Bach Double Parties," invented by my teaching colleague Liz Arbus, who gets several dozen students together to play Bach Double games, do a scavenger hunt and then eat ice cream. (Ahh, pre-pandemic days!)
Last year, many sent in videos in hopes of winning Play With Ray, which awarded three violinists a trip to Los Angeles to play with Ray Chen at the Hollywood Bowl!
Beyond the famous first movement that appears in Suzuki Books 4 and 5, there are the second and third movements. (This was a huge revelation to me when I was a student!) The second movement has been a fixture at weddings and funerals - you may have either played at such an event, or even heard the music at your own wedding.
I also have many memories of wonderful performances of this piece. Most personal to me was when two of my students played the last movement and really knocked it out of the park - it was a such a victory! And then there are the artists whom I've heard recording it -- Gil Shaham and his wife Adele Anthony in Aspen back in 2005, and more recently, Hilary Hahn and Margaret Batjer with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2018.
I’m eager to hear about your experience with the piece and any favorite memories you’d like to share. Please select the answer below that most closely matches your choice and then add your comments below.
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