One of the characteristics of music written during the Baroque era (1600-1750) is  that of ornamentation.  Just as the architecture during this time was highly decorated as was the clothing, so the music abounds with turns, trills, mordents, appoggiaturas and pralltrillers.

The musical selection for this week is the Fantasia in C Minor, written by J. S. Bach, which has in it many examples of ornamentation.  The original score written in Bach’s own hand is owned by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is one of the most beautiful and clearly written of Bach’s pieces.  Though the score is beautiful to look at, I’m glad to have the modern version from which to learn!


Fantasia in C minor BWV 906 played by Han Zhao

Fantasia in C minor BWV 906 played by Alicia de Larrocha