Bachipedia – a project of the J.S. Bach Foundation
The J.S. Bach Foundation is performing the entire vocal oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach in an ambitious concert cycle lasting around 25 years. The first concert took place in 2006, and since then, all introductory workshops, concerts and reflective lectures have been recorded on video. Over the years, we have amassed an extensive collection of audio and film material as well as other content related to the master’s works. One of the Foundation’s aims is to raise the profile of Bach’s vocal oeuvre – especially among the young. To this end, the Foundation established the “Bachipedia” platform. 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
In these quick explainers, our conductor Ruedi Lutz gets straight to the heart of a variety of musical concepts. Clear, concise, entertaining. Simply “Ruedi to go”!
In this video, Rudolf Lutz introduces us to the broad 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.