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Yo-Yo Ma Plays - Prelude, Bach's Cello Suite No. 1

The Toronto Music Garden is inspired by J.S. Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello.  In this video clip, Yo-Yo Ma - who was involved in the garden project - plays the Prelude. 

The Prelude is also featured in the trailer for The Soloist, a film starring Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers and Robert Downey, Jr., as Steve Lopez.

Playing the work on the 18th-century Davidov Stradivarius cello, Yo-Yo Ma's interpretation is slower than that of Mstislav Rostropovich (who played the Duport Stradivarius cello).  

The Toronto Music Garden's web site provides further information on how Bach's work inspired the garden:

The Toronto Music Garden is a unique creation, inspired by J.S. Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello. 

Each of the garden's six sections corresponds to a movement of Bach's Suite:  Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue.  Various tours are available to explore the two-acre site which contains many flowering trees, shrubs and perennials. 

Free 45-minute walking tour led by the Toronto Botanical Garden volunteer guides, or 70-minute self-guided audio tours hosted by Yo-Yo Ma and Garden Designer Julie Moir Messervy. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5186stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 13, 2019


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Video clip online, courtesy Toronto Music Garden.

 

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