Mar 01, 2013 at 6:10 pm
I asked my CBPP colleague PVdW, who I know has great taste in music (because he agrees with me), to choose this week’s interlude. He made an inspired pick that will banish from your mind all the nonsense about which I’ve been writing. And I say that even while spell check wanted me to change ‘sarabande’ to Sarbanes.
For this week’s musical interlude I’ve chosen the sarabande from Bach’s second suite for cello. I first encountered this piece as the soundtrack for Ingmar Bergman’s movie “Through a Glass Darkly” back when I was in high school.
Bach wrote six cello suites–each comprising a prelude and five dance movements. Eric Siblin, in his book The Cello Suites, calls the sarabande “the spiritual center” of each suite. The sarabande apparently started out as a risqué Spanish dance and somehow morphed into a stately French court dance. The second cello suite is in the key of D minor, which Bach often used to represent sadness, yet I find the sarabande not only deeply moving but profoundly uplifting.
Here it’s performed by Yo-Yo Ma.
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