While preparing for this week's Courante, I could not help but have the five other Courantes in mind. How are they related to one another? For me, the question of tempo kept arising, and so I decided to do something a bit different here, especially for those who are familiar with the Courante from the C major Suite.
The Courante has two different origens: A slower, more majestic dance from France, and a much quicker dance from Italy (also often entitled Corrente). In this reading, I am using the more majestic French dance as my reference point--for me this fits quite nicely into the "feeling" or "affect" of the suite as a whole, and it also relates more easily to the other Courantes that Bach wrote in the Cello suites.
This week Byron will play the Corrente (the Italian version) from the D minor partita (video to come soon!). How exciting to have these two Dances together side by side.
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