Slow Practice with Angela Hewitt
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt is a ‘huge fan’ of slow practice, and I must say I am a huge fan of both Angela and slow practice.
In this short video she describes the benefits of slow practice, which are particularly applicable to anyone learning pieces by Bach or of the baroque repertoire. For example, when playing the various voices of a polyphonic piece such as a fugue, it is so worthwhile to spend some time listening to and shaping each voice separately before playing them together in counterpoint. Separate practice can often reveal surprising nuances within singular parts, and can point to moments of suspension or beauty we might otherwise miss.
I would encourage anyone interested in baroque keyboard music to listen to Angela Hewitt’s recordings of the Bach repertoire. She brings this music to life with stunning artistry and originality of interpretation, while remaining deeply committed to the stylistic conventions of the baroque era.
I hope she will inspire you to unravel all the secrets of those beautiful intricate polyphonic passages that can be so challenging. Try out some slow, careful, curious practice and see if it makes them feel a little easier!!
Words by Kirsten.