Balint Karosi, a Boston based composer and classical organist has been described as “ferociously talented” by WGBH Classical New England and praised as “a most impressive musical interpreter” by the noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Balint continues his quest for new avenues of meaningful musical expression through his work in composition, interpretation and improvisation.">
Bach Studies BWV 1039
I composed this piece for the Yale Baroque Ensemble for a concert entitled "Reflections on Bach," a performance of works by J. S. Bach side by side with works by contemporary composers. I picked the trio in G Major BWV 1039 for its wide range of expressive qualities: a calm peaceful first movement, a highly chromatic third and a powerful last movement.
In my first movement called "A place to stay" I emphasize the peaceful, almost folk -like character of the Bach:
In the second movement "Harmonic Landscape" I use the harmonic spectrum of the third movement of the Bach as successions of tetrachords:
The last movement the fugue subject is derived from the last movement of the Bach, emphasizing the rhythmic drive by the extensive use of pizzicato strings and the harpsichordist's use of the conga drums:
Bálint Karosi is an award-winning composer, concert organist, harpsichordist and conductor.
" … he possesses an ear for silvery orchestral sonorities.." -- The Boston Globe (2015)
" .. a most impressive musical interpreter.." -- The Boston Musical Intelligencer (2011)
" .. a must-hear recording" -- Early Music America (2014)
“ Bálint Karosi inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…" -- The Diapason (2014)
1st Prize: Leipzig International J. S. Bach Competition
1st Prize & Audience Prize: Dublin International Organ Competition
M.M.A. Yale University A.D., M.M., Oberlin Conservatory M.M. Liszt Academy Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Geneve
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