Over the next two seasons, Echor Founder Eva Thorarinsdottir will explore the incredible solo violin works by Johann Sebastian Bach in the beautiful setting of our Hilltop churches.
Bach wrote 3 sonatas and 3 partitas for solo violin, works that have since been considered the holy grail of the violin repertoire and arguably the most powerful and important compositions in musical history.
Eva will perform one sonata or partita at a time throughout this six-part side series along with a light exploration of each movement and its significance. They will be spaced roughly three months apart until the final performance of the E major Partita in July 2024.
These mini-recitals are free and will last between 30-40 minutes each.
Next Hilltop Bach:
Church of St. Lawrence, Cholesbury HP23 6ND
Sonata No. 2 in A minor
“If Beethoven is a prodigy of man, Bach is a miracle of God.”
“Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder.”
“Now there is music from which a man can learn something.”
W. A. Mozart
“To me the Chaconne is one of the most beautiful, incredible compositions. On one staff, and for a small instrument, this man pours out a world full of the most profound thoughts and powerful emotion.”
“… the most stupendous miracle in all music!”
“I believe that Bach’s solo works for violin are perhaps the greatest example in any art form of a master’s ability to move with freedom and assurance, even in chains.”
Ludwig van Beethoven
“If one were asked to name one musician who came closest to composing without human flaw, I suppose general consensus would choose Johann Sebastian Bach.”