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.
A Bach Cantata was usually written for a small orchestra that consisted of
violins, viola, cello and bass violin, a harpsichord, up to four singers,
trumpets, oboe, tympani, and often, an organ continuo. Bach wrote for the
musicians he had available to perform, often re-voicing parts as required. In
addition to counterpoint, he harmonized using triads and octave duplications.
Some of his orchestration duplicates parts probably to increase volume or to
compensate for weak performers.Some of his orchestration duplicates parts probably to increase volume or to compensate for weak performers.
As I progressed through the Bach catalogue, I discovered relatively short jewels buried in long and sometimes tedious works that were designed for church services that required repetition beyond musical interest. I also realized that big changes in tempo, voicing and articulation could transform; the pieces into really new compositions suitable for a 21st century audience.
Counterpoint for Genius 3 contains excerpts from Cantatas 45 to 212
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.
Topics presented at Persona Digital Studio are from the The Sound of Music by