Bachipedia – a project of the J.S. Bach Foundation
The J.S. Bach Foundation performs the complete vocal work of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) within 25 years. The first cantata performance took place in 2006. All introductions, concerts and reflections are recorded in sound & image. In recent years, a large pool of film and audio material as well as supplementary content to the vocal works has been produced. One of the aims of the foundation is to disseminate Bach's vocal works and, in particular, to pass them on to the youth. For this reason, the J.S. Bach Foundation has established Bachipedia. Learn more about the project.
Put simply, ornamentation is the art of adorning a melody line with embellishments such as trills, turns, and melismas.
Ruedi to go
Experience our conductor Rudolf Lutz and how he brings different topics directly to the point. Short, concise, entertaining. Simply “Ruedi to go”.
In this video, Rudolf Lutz introduces us to the huge field of ornamentation. Put simply, ornamentation is the art of adorning a melody line with embellishments such as trills, turns, and melismas. As such, it can be seen as a form of improvisation, and in the baroque period, performers were expected to display their skill by adding ornamental flourishes to repeated and da-capo sections. Unlike Handel and other contemporaries, however, Bach had a penchant for writing out his ornamentation in full, offering less scope to performers for personal interpretation. This means musicians have to focus more on phrasing, dynamics, accents and stress to add their own personal touch to Bach’s music.