An email this morning from Anner Bylsma, one of my musical heroes:
Amsterdam, July 2015
from Anner Bylsma c\o The Fencing Mail To the one time buyer of my books Bach, The Fencing Master, Bach senza Basso, Bach and the Happy Few.
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
Bach’s BOW was not the sleepy pendulum of a Grandfathers’s clock; with his bow he spoke the syllables of his instrumental language.
Now, in our time, with music firmly in the hands of BIG LINE FETISHISTS: pianists pedaling away, conductors swishing through the air and musicologists talking about ‘culture’ (how big can you go?), string playing is on its way to a slow death from technical routine.
My new book DROPPINGS is an Exercise Book with on its left page a kind of fly-dirt landscape with the rhythm of the notes + my best guesses of what is there, and on the right side – for comparison – Mrs. Bach’s well known autograph. With each movement there is an article about some aspect of the by now almost totally forgotten wonderful, Italianate art of Bach’s violin playing.
Extremely excited and honored to share that I've been named to the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony in Orlando, FL. Really looking forward to working with my awesome colleagues, Maureen May and Michael Miller, and the great students in that organization! ...