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-1 Garkay Wong SID:18616594 Music 27 GSI: Emily Richmond The second movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 consists of a single measure with only two chords. Other than the two chords, no further music is provided, and Bach’s only instruction to performers is noted by a meter change and the words “Adagio” written after the first movement. The ambiguity of the second movement opens up the score to different interpretations and modes of improvisation by the performers. We are asked to study four different performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto as interpreted by the American Bach Soloists, the Taverner Players, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Le Concert des Nations. The length of the second movement varies depending on the performance, ranging from a long single note that lasts three seconds in the piece by the Academy of Ancient Music to a long embellished piece that lasts nine seconds by Les Concert des Nations. The second movement performed by the American Bach Soloists is four seconds long, and follows a very clear and steady duple meter. Interpretations of Bach’s second movement by the American Bach Soloists seem to be most respectful of the written score. There is a rest noted by Bach after the first movement, followed by just the two chords. In all other interpretations of the second movement, there does not appear
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