Eunice Norton on Well Tempered Clavier Book I #12, #13
September 23, 2007 10:40 AM Subscribe
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Eunice Norton (1908-2005) wiki
, great-great-grandstudent of Beethoven, gives a detailed, analytical tour of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier #12 in F, Bk I (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
) and #13 in F#, Bk I (part 1
, part 2
) in a 1989 video.
I can't take credit for noticing this. In an e-mail from my dad (links are mine):
Another interesting thing: Go to YouTube and search for Eunice Norton [recordings] and her discussions of Bach's WTC ## 12 and 13. She made these videos when she was 80, and she demonstrates Bach much as he likely sounded in his own time. It is quite extraordinary. She lived in Pittsburgh from about 1934 until a little after 2000. One of her teachers in the 1930s was Artur Schnabel wiki, probably the greatest pianist of the 20th century. He, through his teachers and their teachers, was a very direct link back to Beethoven, who practiced the WTC every day and considered Bach to be the master. What Norton says about Bach comes directly from Schnabel and probably comes equally directly from Beethoven. She died in 2005 but she too had a number of students who continue the link.
The structure that Norton so expertly describes perhaps explains why Bach's music can transcend even... unconventional performances