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Three Bachathon XXXV performers feature multi-national suites and a partita

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The third hour of Bachathon featured aristocratic dance forms of the 18th Century, refined to an art form. Thomas Zachacz, Harpsichord, played Bach's French Suite No. 3 in b minor, BWV 814, Lyra Pherigo, Flutist, played a very steady Partita in a minor for Solo Flute, BWV 1013, and Nicholas Good played the Double Flemish Harpsichord English Suite No. 6 in d minor, BWV 811.

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Mr. Zachacz used a seldom-heard damper setting on the harpsichord that provided a distinct contrast between a dry staccato and a more legato normal sound. He was trained to give the audience as much variation as possible.

Ms Pherigo played a very credible set of unaccompanied flute solos, frequently implying two and three voices, accomplishing no mean feat, and gracefully at that.

Mr. Good opened the left end of the sounding board, permitting greater sonority for the dry instrument, and displaying the beautiful painting on the Kevin Fryer harpsichord which was based on a 1624 instrument by Johannes Ruchers. Mr. Good was a master of defining the contrapuntal lines, leaving no question as to which phrase belonged to each voice.


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