PLAYING THE PARTITAS
by Jnana Hodson
Originally a collection of renaissance and baroque-era dance tunes, “partita” brings to mind music for a solo instrument – harpsichord or violin, especially. While paying homage to Bach and other historic masters, my intention in this set of poems was not to somehow mimic their strict key signatures and rules of variations but rather to invoke their spirit and flights of fancy as they might extend to our own times. Possibly even our own range of instruments, too – jazz trumpet, electric bass (yes, I’ve heard Bach played there), or country dance fiddles.
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