Johann Christoph Bach: “Mein Freund ist mein und ich bin sein”

“This was one of the first pieces that opened me up to the sonic possibilities of historical performance practice and period instruments. I remember being instantly captured by its sensuousness and the hypnotic quality of its repeating chaconne bass, perfectly deployed to capture “love-sickness.” One can hear instantly why J.S. Bach called his first cousin once removed the “profound composer.”

Derek Tam
Executive Director, San Francisco Early Music Society
EMA Board Member

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