Dirty Dancing


Today’s piece is perfect for a Sunday morning – it’s a sarabande, a slow movement full of repose, calm and peace. There is another side to the sarabande, however, one that made the Catholic church try to ban it. Watch the video to hear the piece and learn more!

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Till next time (and the Minuets),



Getting A Word In

Today’s video is a reminder of how simple classical music really is. To understand it, you only need to know one thing – that Bach had 20 children. That’s all there is to it. In the Courante from the G major Suite, Bach gives us a musical conversation that any parent will recognize, and he must have had all the time. To learn more, watch the video below! And if you like it, please consider supporting 4-Way’s free lessons program for underserved children with a donation by clicking on the Donate button below the video.


Thanks for watching – and be sure to tune in next week for a very different kind of piece – the G major Sarabande, the Baroque era’s equivalent of “Dirty Dancing.” See you then!





Just One More Thing

Today, part 2 of my new video series on the Bach solo cello suites, featuring the G major Allemande. After Bach’s relentless use of one motif in the famous Prelude, he shifts gears completely and uses several different ideas, going from one to the next very quickly. There’s something of Bach the family man in all his pieces, and this one’s no exception – you’ll see what I mean. Bach also shows that his influence goes beyond music to 20th Century American tv dramas – this piece contains what I call the “Columbo effect”. If you like the video, please click on the donate button below to support 4-Way’s education program – thanks!

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Till next time (and the Courante),