Thank you for listening Arctic_Gardian and Marta... I really appreciate your generous comments
Could you please tell us a bit more about the "story" this suite tells you?
And thank you for listening too Emmanuel... it's interesting that you ask this question
After I first recorded the suite (I have posted all 6 movements here), I had a friend write to me with his impressions of each piece... musically he and I always seem to be on the same wavelength
It was amazing how close he came to how each piece makes me feel when I play it... he felt the entire story as he listened in almost the same way I do when I play it
I was going to post the story, but then I didn't want to colour anyone's perception of the music... however, it has been up for a long time now, so for your benefit I will tell you the story... as I feel it
J S Bach 1006a
This is the clarion call... the announcement... the invitation
She hears it calling... the clarity... the urgency!
‘Come!... come, this is the ball... this is the night... this is the moment’
Her heart quickens as the music issues forth... calling... enticing... an invitation, open to all.
She will go... the music plays on... she listens, and shivers in anticipation!
Slowly she enters the ballroom... a little unsure she hesitates in the doorway... her eyes sweeping the room
She sees him... his eyes fasten on her face... she looks away and moves into the room... a greeting here... a small curtsy there.
A smile... a nod... the offering of a gloved hand... all the while she knows he is approaching
He is here!.. her heart flutters as he takes her hand and claims her for the next dance.
Gavotte en Rondeau
He is tall, dark and very intense... she feels the stateliness of the dance but underneath it all she feels quite mischievous... almost naughty.
She tries to maintain a demure demeanor... but flirts with him as they dance.
Her fan occasionally hides her smile while her laughing eyes tease him... holding offer of things to follow as she glances up from beneath her lashes.
The dance ends and she has his unspoken promise of the night to come, as he has hers!
Minuettes l and ll
Aaahh!... duty calls... he must dance with the elderly Dowager Duchess and then her spinster daughter.
She is in the arms of the foreign Prince... and is then swept away by the earnestly perspiring Squire.
They pass on the dance floor... glances meet... a tiny smile lifts the corners of his mouth as her eyes dance past!
The dancers form two rows... she is passed from one to another as she swings down the line... he has her... now he is gone!
Again he slips an arm around her waist and just as quickly releases her to the next dancer... but she knows that on that last pass he will not let her go... he will hold her, and they will be together for the finale of the evening.
He holds her firmly... now glances are full... her eyes, now flashing and aware touch his... ‘here I am’... and his reply ‘I know’!
This is the finale... hands linger, trembling a little... now is acceptance... this is the promise of the night... now is the passion to be fulfilled.
The carriage awaits!
Joy in the music
Never, ever give up!... I leave my songprint on your heart.