Saturday, 19 May 2007

Rehearsing Bach's Air

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Emily will agree with me that rehearsals are great and insightful with our double bass tutor, Mr G. Mouzyka, around.

On 16 May 2007, XM, Emily and I from d'Bassists met yet again to rehearse for our upcoming performance, At The Concourse: Basso Bravo!.

We started the rehearsal with Emily and myself rehearsing Bach's Air on the G string (for Double Bass duet), arranged by Buell Neidlinger. Cheers to Emily, she has tranposed this entire work a tone higher so that it would be in the key of D major. With the transposed version of the score for this work, I was relieved from the challenge of having to transpose from sight. Phew.


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Emily plays the first part while I play the second part of Bach's Air on the G string (for Double Bass duet). Our tutor shared with me on how I could better support the first part. One thing that I remember is that when the first part is playing at the higher register, the second part should be grounded and not too soft, so as to support the first part. The next tip offered was that the second part should listen and be sensititve to the first part so as to support the first. This means that when the first part does a crescendo or diminuendo, the second part should respond accordingly.

Next, the work should sound at ease, and unhurriedly. Our tutor gave us an interesting analogy that went somewhat like this: Imagine walking on the streets on a Sunday. You are not rushing to work....

If you would be keen to listen to Bach's Air on the G string, scored for a double bass duet, do come for our upcoming performance at the Esplanade Concourse.

Date: 30 and 31 May 2007 (Wed and Thu)
Time: 7.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. and 8.45 p.m. - 9.15 p.m. on both nights

For more details, please refer to: Listen to d'Bassists: 30 and 31 May 2007.


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Emily, playing the first double bass part of Bach's Air on the G string (for Double Bass duet).
Taken by XM. I like this perspective very much.



(updated: 29 May 2007)

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