Bach’s Workshop

“Bach would have loved hearing the Scroll Ensemble – and he’d probably have enjoyed arguing with them too.” Catherine Bott – singer and broadcaster BBC

In his lifetime Bach was known first and foremost for his incredible skill in improvisation. What inspired the master? Bach’s inspirations, teaching methods and contemporary ideas about improvisation guide the Scroll Ensemble in a programme visiting what may have prompted Bach’s own improvisations: the aria of the Goldberg variations, Niedt’s Musikalische Handleitung, which Bach very possibly knew, Vivaldi and the concerto, the art of the toccata and Buxtehude.

Listen to a live recording of the “Goldberg suite: Sarabande & GIgue”  from 8.12.2014 (radio programme Opium op 4 featuring the Scroll Ensemble)

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Curious about a version of an improvised cantata? This is a recit from our live concert on 7.12.2014 in Voorschoten, The Netherlands.