Buxtehude :: Suite in E minor, BuxWV 236
One of the true joys of this YouTube channel to me is the interaction with you, a constantly growing group of people forming the best audience a musician can dream of. This interaction will be valued more in the near future, with the addition to this channel of at least one new series of livestream, to which I'm really looking forward. It'll be built around themes, with the name 'Practicing hours', in which I will share with you the practicing of pieces from the zero-level onwards, in the meantime reading your comments or questions in the side-bard of YouTubes live-stream. That would give us more direct communication possibilities than through comment boxes or facebook. The latter series shall be announced for, on the channel if possible, but certainly through the mailinglist. if you haven't opted in for that, there is a link above.
Truth to be told: I have to solve technical issues to make the livestream happen. It is as easy as taking my smartphone and start, but I do want to work with the best possible view and sound possible within certain means. And to take that step... is not so easy. But it is coming!
One other type of interaction are the questions I receive regularly to perform a particular piece. Also those requests, as with other questions and contributions you make through text in the comment boxes or through facebook, will be bundled in regular episodes of a new series: Your Time, Q&A. That will make it easier to share some answers, or to reflect on the pieces you sometimes would like me to see/hear play, and why I sometimes do schedule those, and sometimes not.
Today's piece by what is certainly one of the major influencers of J.S.Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), is a request from Lewis De Alba. I did play quite a lot of Buxtehude, but all organ music, none of his keyboard works. It is great (really) great music, and clearly opening the way for Bach and his own experiments that would change the musical world forever and eternal. I'll talk more on that and on the fit of instrument in the Afterthoughts.