On Fri, 18 Nov 1994, Joseph Spencer wrote:
> The other is more recent, from the recordings of the Six Partitas with
> Ed Parmentier, who often writes words or scenarios on the margins of his
> music, to subliminally guide the interpretation. Wanting a slow,
> dolorous tempo for the fugue in the opening toccata of the E minor
> Partita, no. 6, I composed the following "lyrics":
> It hurts me
> It hurts me
> It hurts me so bad
> I cannot see,
> I think I want to die.
> Try it. And listen to Ed's recording- see if we made it.
Well, gee. When I studied the piece with him in lessons and studio
classes and such, he was using the words "mein Heiland" usw, pretending
the fugue subject was cantata-ish. He didn't mention your words. And he
encouraged me to always make up words in the language of the music's
composer, or play the actual words if the piece is a transcription from
something already texted (this is tremendously helpful in parsing the
music's grammar and articulation). I remember once for a Byrd galliard I
made up an entire Dowlandish poem that could be sung to the piece....it's
in my notes somewhere.
That partita movement *is* very effective on your recording, btw. Great
affect and clarity.
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