Some twenty years after the collection known as Das wohltemperierte Klavier J.S. Bach assembled his second collection of twenty-four preludes and fugues in all keys, completing one of the greatest achievements in keyboard music that today remains one of the crowning glories of the genre.
Steven is delighted to announce the release of this completion of this incredible collection and can send copies direct (signed, if required!)
An immensely important and emotional experience happened last Saturday (20th June) when the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenement reconvened for the first time since Lock-Down to perform “Bach, the Universe and Everything” – the monthly Bach Cantata-with-science presentation that has become so popular as a live event.
The event was recorded the day before transmission in order to make sure that all social-distancing and health and safety measures where strictly adhered to and the 2m marks are visible on the floor!
The event features Bach’s astonishing Cantata BWV 39, Brich dem Hungrigendein Brot, directed by Steven and with an amazing team of musicians.
It was a fortuitous chance that Steven stumbled upon a young Spanish composer appealing on Facebook to have his piano composition – a Prelude and Fugue from his wittily-titled “Well-syncopated Clavier” – played on harpsichord. Steven heard it and really liked it, recorded it and sent to back to Pascual Gimeno, the composer. He’s been really enthusiastic and has since sent Steven another compostion dedicated to him.
His music is very Spanish-sounding with really jazzy-rhythms and an irresistable drive.
It’s a very hard time for so many people as so much work has been cancelled or disrupted. Here are some very innovative projects featuring Steven Devine that have taken place since the lockdown began in March:
The National Centre for Early Music are live-streaming Preludes 1-12 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier on March 21st at 1300h. This was originally to have been a live concert, but with the current restrictions in place, this had to be cancelled. However Steven will be at the harpsichord in York performing live on the NCEM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yorkearlymusic/.