On a rainy Saturday morning in New York City, I packed my tripod, camcorder, battery chargers, and Henle Urtext edition of J.S. Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G, and headed for Elaine Comparone's gorgeous harpsichord and piano sanctuary on Manhattan's West side. We'd planned to discuss ornaments in the Baroque using the springboard Sarabande, though wide-eyed and inspired Elaine wove in the Loure with a bedazzling reading framed by a Harvard Dictionary introduction.
A two-part exchange, in an impromptu spirit captured the essence of "improvisation" in the Baroque period, and found expression in harpsichord and piano renderings.
A big Thank You goes to Elaine Comparone for her illuminating words and profoundly beautiful music-making!
Loure rendered on the Piano
Updated rendering by Elaine Comparone on the harpsichord:
Elaine Comparone teaches harpsichord and piano on Manhattan’s West side with a Baroque period emphasis.
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