About Bach

Cassandra Miller

About Bach has been performed in Bologna, Innsbruck, Jakarta, Montréal, New York City, Regina, Tilburg, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg…

This string quartet is an expansion of a solo work for viola (of the same name) which was commissioned by philanthropist Daniel Cooper for violist Pemi Paull. It’s a piece about process, about Pemi’s musicality, about Bach of course, and in the end, about the Quatuor Bozzini.

I first took a recording of a short phrase (the first phrase in major) of the famous Chaconne from Bach’s Partita no. 2, performed live by Pemi. I then meticulously transcribed the recording with the help of some software — this is a process I’ve developed over some years to apprehend the exact rhythmic musicality of a performance, capturing as well various artifacts such as the viola’s upper partials as they change within each bow-stroke.

The opening of the piece is simply this transcribed phrase of Bach, with a harmony of my own making, which turns the phrase into a gently jaunty chorale. From there the phrase goes through a somewhat inaudible process that is simply let to run, until it runs itself out. It’s a constant meandering, a non-developmental piece in an extreme sense. My interest (and freedom) in exploring such a simple form comes directly from working with the Quatuor Bozzini, and this string quartet version is a souvenir of gratitude for years of great inspiration.

Premiere

  • May 8, 2015, AngelicA 25: Concert, Teatro San Leonardo — Centro di Ricerca Musicale, Bologna (Italy)

Awards

About Bach

  • Cassandra Miller
  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Duration: 25:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet

Video

On disc

Concerts

8 May 2015
9:30 pm
CraneMiller
Bologna (Italy)
19 Marc 2016
8:00 pm
GrovenJamiesonMiller
Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada)
12 Marc 2017
3:00 pm
MillerOesterlePerron
Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
13 May 2017
8:00 pm
ButterfieldCheungMillerWalshe
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
18 Sept 2017
8:00 pm
Série QB
HarrisonMiller
Montréal (Québec)
19 Sept 2017
7:00 pm
HarrisonMiller
Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
11 Augu 2018
8:00 pm
MillerOesterleSmithVivier
Jakarta (Indonesia)
14 Augu 2018
8:00 pm
MillerSmith
New York City (New York, USA)
21 Sept 2018
8:00 pm
BachBarryDunnMiller
Innsbruck (Austria)
18 Octo 2018
MillerTenney
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
19 Nove 2019
8:30 pm
MillerPinnockShostakovich
Tilburg (Netherlands)
18 Marc 2020
7:30 pm
Cancelled
GordonMillerShostakovich
Birmingham (England, UK)
16 June 2020
3:00 pm
Cancelled
BachMillerOesterleSchubert
Aldeburgh (England, UK)