Peter Koetsveld

Bach as family foundation

Sooner or later this link with the past comes alive, especially under pressure. I consider Bach as my ultimate musical foundation. One discovers how much one’s roots are connected with his ever-flowing deep expressions. Deep. I couldn’t stop playing Bach, necessary, like breathing. For the very first time in my life the thought of recording some was birthed. I won’t judge if playing Bach on a clarinet is permissible (Bach most likely didn’t come across this still immature instrument during his lifetime). For more than a year I have been playing Bach daily; not really practising, but enjoying, feeling connected and feeling companionship. Perhaps I may take you on a piece of the journey, by foot.

The 12 etudes of Willem Frederik Bon were left untouched by me for many years. No clue why. Bon’s etudes are much more than practising skills. These are little abstract paintings, in which Bon proves himself a real artist in choosing colours and contrast. And sometimes he goes wild, like life.

My friend the American composer Mike Curtis sent me his solo pieces, which he wrote in Spanish Placensia, inspired by this little city in all its beauty. And Spanish it is.He is enjoying himself over there and understands how to express this in notes.

My friend the American composer Mike Curtis sent me his solo pieces, which he wrote in Spanish Placensia, inspired by this little city in all its beauty. And Spanish it is.He is enjoying himself over there and understands how to express this in notes.

One feels also the laziness of a real siesta mirrored by Spanish dance and fire. Heart-warming.

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