My Counterpoint for Genius series is a collection of
four albums that has evolved over several years though experimentation
with a number of transcriptions of Bach pieces, many from the religious
Cantatas, mixed with different voicing and, different tempos and
transpositions. Mozart has received the most attention as the composer
of smart music. Bach excels. I realized that many of the Bach pieces I
recorded were among the best examples of contrapuntal composition and
that counterpoint was the perfect brain exercise.
My approach to a Bach score is to find the really
interesting melodies and counterpoint first and assign these parts to the new
instruments in my orchestra. I omit many parts that seem distracting or
Some of the string parts are fast, articulated passages
that can become tedious. I reassign these passages to a variety of keyboards
that perform the fast notes with greater precision. I delight (as Glen Gould did
) in giving each note individual attention by fine tuning the articulation and
duration during editing.
Volume One contains excerpts from Cantatas 1 to 19.
Here are three pieces from Counterpoint for Genius
Persona Music Recordings: Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances
under the titles Persona Digital, P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort.
The focus of Persona Classical is the creation of digital performances of pieces
by J.S. Bach. Other performances include pieces by Mozart, Pachelbel and
Music online is offered to illustrate music history, advance music education and appreciation. The recordings presented online demonstrate Persona
Studio's arranging, recording and mastering techniques. All the recordings are
arrangements and performances completed in house by Stephen Gislason. The music selections and their history
are explained in the book, Sound of Music.
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