Toronto Bach Festival

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Generations of musicians across the centuries have marvelled at the ability of Bach’s musical expression to transcend the genres and settings for which it was originally written. Bach himself frequently repurposed his compositions, transcribing instrumental concertos for the keyboard, adapting choral compositions to a new text, and even transforming vocal music into instrumental music. Many of the works performed in this short program were originally written for different instruments. In every case the musical content of Bach’s original conception shines through unmistakably, and is, at the same time, heard in a different way, much the way a great painting can suddenly seem fresh and new when viewed from a different perspective.


  • John Abberger, oboe (Toronto Bach Festival Music Director, Principal Oboist of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra)
  • Julia Wedman, violin  (Violinist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, I Furiosi, Eybler Quartet)
  • Felix Deak, violoncello
  • Christopher Bagan, harpsichord

All Bach Program:

  • Trio in F, BWV 1039, movements 1 and 2 (7 mins.)
  • Bourrée I and II from Suite No. 3 in C major for Solo Cello, BWV 1009
  • Sonata in e for oboe, BWV 1034, movement 1 (3 mins.)
  • Ricercar a 3 from the Musical Offering (6 mins.)
  • Sonata in G for violin, BWV 1021, complete (9 mins.)
  • Allemande and Courante from French Suite No. 5, BWV 816
  • Trio in F, BWV 1039, movements 3 and 4. (7 mins.)