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Baroque Ornaments, execution, style, context and taste: A Conversation with Elaine Comparone

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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.IMG_2354-2 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:

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Elaine Comparone teaches harpsichord and piano on Manhattan’s West side with a Baroque period emphasis.

http://www.harpsichord.org

LINKS TO FORMER VISITS with ELAINE COMPARONE

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/my-side-by-side-harpsichordpiano-chat-with-elaine-comparone-in-her-nyc-sanctuary/

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/aglow-with-creative-fire-my-nyc-visit-with-harpsichordist-elaine-comparone/

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/a-visit-with-elaine-comparone-at-her-harpsichord-palace-in-new-york-city/

OTHER:

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/the-harpsichord-has-a-new-lease-on-life-elaine-comparone-is-its-biggest-advocate/

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/vibrant-music-making-at-rest-or-at-play/

Bach with Pluck on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Bach-Pluck-Vol-2/dp/B00000083N/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1370197321&sr=1-2&keywords=bach+with+pluck

6 thoughts on “Baroque Ornaments, execution, style, context and taste: A Conversation with Elaine Comparone”

  1. Hi , this is a reply to your Facebook post about loures and bagpipes. The French version of wikipedia says the the loure gets it name from a wind instrument belonging to the family of bagpipes (Normandy bagpipes, not Scottish). I never knew about these Normandy bagpipes but their Brittany cousin, the biniou, is certainly used in folk dances.

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