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“Our Bach didn’t shy away from recycling music. How could he do such a thing? Well, for some reason during that period, it was customary that every music piece could be played only once. If you liked a particular piece and wanted to hear it again, you could recycle it but for a different ensemble…and when Bach recycles for a different ensemble…
Let’s say it was written originally for two violins or an oboe and a violin, and he wanted to transform it for two pianos. You can count on him to add new harmonies, rewrite and improve.

If the musical piece was perfect to begin with, now it would be twice as perfect.” -Arie Vardi, conductor