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Dan Tepfer: Inventions / Reinventions
Dan Tepfer: Inventions / Reinventions

Sat, Jul 27


Pine Plains

Dan Tepfer: Inventions / Reinventions

Tepfer earned global acclaim for his 2011 release Goldberg Variations / Variations, a disc that sees him performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it—to “elegant, thoughtful and thrilling” effect (New York magazine).

Time & Location

Jul 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pine Plains, 2950 Church St, Pine Plains, NY 12567, USA

About The Event


Following the critical and audience acclaim for his "Goldberg Variations / Variations”, Dan Tepfer released Inventions / Reinventions on StorySound Records in March 2023. It immediately entered the Classical Billboard Charts at #1, remaining there for two weeks.

“Bach’s Inventions are a beautiful example of the difference between surface and subsurface, in that they seem like modest pieces on the surface, but the mechanism underneath is so powerful. And that’s what this project is all about: the subsurface of Bach, the mechanisms at play deep below.” Dan Tepfer

Bach composed his set of "Inventions" as study pieces for his children and students, covering eight major and seven minor keys, for a total of fifteen. But there are twenty-four possible major and minor keys, so there are nine keys missing. In "Inventions / Reinventions", while playing Bach’s original compositions sequentially, Dan Tepfer creates his own Inventions for the missing keys, freely improvising new ones during each performance. In so doing, he follows the logic behind Bach’s beloved original pieces, in which simple musical ideas, like characters in a novel or a play, are taken on a harmonic journey to foreign keys before returning home.

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