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Enjoy Mendelssohn's Sonata in C on Sunday

Dear Friends, Last week I discussed the concept of counterpoint, and some of the ways it was commonly used in the Baroque Period. You might remember that counterpoint is, broadly speaking, the layering (and interchange) of melodic lines. This type of interaction can take many forms, such as a fugue or canon, but not all uses of counterpoint are so rigid. Counterpoint is part of the very fabric of music - it shows us how music interacts with itself. This Sunday I will play a selection from Mendelssohn’s Sonata in C which demonstrates this point. The piece is defined by an ongoing (and overlapping) dialogue between the pedal and the hands. This process, driven by counterpoint, allows the music to expand and contract, propelling it relentlessly forward. Enjoy the music - and until we meet again, take care and stay well! David

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