||"The Musical Offering" is a set
of variations written upon a theme submitted to Bach
by Frederick the Great.
"Ricercare" is a fugal
work in six-voice counterpoint. Bach wrote the
6-voice "Ricercare", to prove that a six-voice fugue could be
played on a keyboard by a single musician. Bach didn't specify specific instrumentation for many sections of the work and left the choice of
instruments to the arranger. Thus, a Theremin
this work is no more or less a transcription than it is for any other
set of instruments.
record the "Ricercare" for six Theremin tracks proved to be quite a
challenge, yet the haunting beauty and understated virtuosity of the
work inspired me to press on. The Theremin is uniquely suited
realizing wave upon wave of contrapuntal sound. I hope you
and spiritual work from one of the greatest composers who ever lived.