Bach Everyday 375: Dona Nobis Pacem from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 374: Agnus Dei from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 373: Osanna from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 372: Benedictus from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 371: Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria ejus from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 369: Et Expecto: Vivace e Allegro from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 368: Et Expecto from B Minor Mass BWV 232
Bach Everyday 367: Confiteor from B Minor Mass BWV 232
On March 19th, 2020 I started recording a Bach Chorale a day from my NYC apartment as the city sheltered in place for Covid-19. After recording all the chorales from the St. John Passion for Easter, 2020, Bach Everyday soon morphed into something more expansive; including a movement from every Bach Cantata in order of BWVs, the 6 parts of the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 for the holiday season, The Magnificat, Art of the Fugue, Two-Part Inventions, the Sarabandes from the 6 Cello Suites, and for her finale, the B Minor Mass.
During the pandemic, the ritual of recording helped give me structure and sanity. Everyday, I recorded a movement from the next cantata, the next piece, originally picking the four part plain chorale at the end and soon recording full multi-track works. This means I would spend my morning engraving/arranging the chorale for my instruments depending on the key, range, and my mood and then I use the app Acapella and my iq6 zoom mic to record each part on my iPhone. The best parts of creating Bach Everyday have been living with these lush complex harmonies, diving deep into each new cantata and exploring Bach's musical language, and interacting with listeners around the world!
Have you enjoyed watching these chorales? As a classical musician, all of my live concerts for the foreseeable future have gone online and I'd very much appreciate your support. Here are a couple ways you can support me. Thank you!
"The show is not over... Questlove keeps spinning into the early morning. Sir Patrick Stewart has been reading a Shakespeare sonnet every day. Sarah Stone, who plays cello and viola da gamba, has stuck to her “Bach Everyday” performances from her apartment in New York City. Since March 19, she’s done a Bach Chorale each day."
The Washington Post
June 10, 2020
LEFT: Saskia Maxwell Keller,
Early Music America
August 31, 2020
ABOVE: Michael Andor Brodeur
Classical Music Critic
The Washington Post
March 31, 2020