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Air (Bach's Suite No. 3 in D, 2nd movement)



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The "Air on the G String" was one of the first Bach works ever recorded, in 1902. Part of the melody was incorporated into Procol Harum's 1967 hit, A Whiter Shade of Pale. I can still recall the first time I heard Bach's Orchestral Suite #3. The 2nd movement "Air" left me breathless. Such grace, beauty, perfection. I hope you sense my own humility and wonder as explore these variations. I could've kept playing, on and on. The walking base never to wants to stop.

"Air" is the 14th track on my latest solo piano album, "FLOW: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller", a 2-CD box set. I adapt and arrange my favorite Bach on Disc 1, then play a series of original variations on my own compositions, in the spirit of The Goldberg Variations, on Disc 2.

Other tracks from this album shared on Macjams:

Here are tracks from "Suite: Flow":
Momentary Undertow (second movement)
Salmon Ladder Variations (fourth movement)

Plus: from "The New England Suite":
River Ice (Winter)
Lighthouse (Spring)

And from Disc 1, Tobin plays Bach:
Reinvention #13

"Flow" has been added to Fanfare Magazine's "Not-to-be-missed 2015 Want List", favorite 2015 albums chosen by it's in-house music critics. I'm really excited about that!

Please check out other pieces from this album, as well as thoughts, history and notes:
Tobin's "Flow" project page on Tobin's website
"Flow" on CDBaby (where you can buy the CD Box Set
"Flow" is also on iTunes. Simply search "Tobin Mueller" via iTunes, or google "Tobin Mueller music"
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Dadai.2 said 1410 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
You could've kept playing...
Tobin, I could've kept listening.

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TobinMueller said 1408 days ago (September 14th, 2015)
Keeping on keeping on
Thanks, Jack. This is one of those iconic pieces. I didn't want to dismantle it too much. Tried for a late night jazz NPR style. Glad you could keep listening...
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J_Gretch said 1409 days ago (September 13th, 2015)
Very nice...!
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TobinMueller said 1408 days ago (September 14th, 2015)
Thanks. Peace and a respectful elegance was what I was going for, mirroring the original. I appreciate you listening in!
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PeterB7858 said 1408 days ago (September 14th, 2015)
I'm sitting back in a quiet club, late at night and you are playing away in the corner. Definition of a fine end to an evening. Play it again... :-) Thanks, Tobin.
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TobinMueller said 1407 days ago (September 15th, 2015)
Fine end to an evening
What a welcomed sentiment. Thanks, Peter. I especially like the bluesier section that starts at 1:40. I love it when certain ideas come unexpectedly, as that section did. But what a wonderful musical framework to work on. Like "Pachelbel's Cannon in D", it just keeps flowing...
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Parichayaka said 1407 days ago (September 15th, 2015)
Truly impressive
Beautiful interpretation of such a well known piece - didn't think I would enjoy a modern interpretation this much. Varied and full of subtle accents - you're such an amazing piano player! Congratulations on the release, the piano is recorded masterfully and sounds saturated but transparent. Glad Fanfare Magazine put it on their 'want' list.

Also, thanks for the interesting description.
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TobinMueller said 1407 days ago (September 15th, 2015)
Interesting description
Thank you. I spent a long time on the liner notes for this project. And as it turned out, the depth and quality of the liner notes helped the album reach and interest a number of reviewers who would not have otherwise reviewed the album. Go figure.

Truly appreciate your comments on the music. I'm a big fan of everything you do!
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Warren Smith said 1407 days ago (September 15th, 2015)
Past Lives
Picasso said as artists we are always competing against the past. Which makes sense, as we use the past to measure ourselves and to establish our own creative identities. But it seems to me you are doing something different here .. that's it's not a competition so much as a warm embrace of music that has been an inspiration .. and therefore represents something more like a collaboration with the past. More like those Chinese artists who would sit down and make an album of paintings done in the style of past masters .. creating something that is both old and new at the same time. What a nice .. transcendence.
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TobinMueller said 1407 days ago (September 15th, 2015)
Competition vs Homage
Old and new. Past and future lives. I love that music creates such a powerful and unbroken line of inspiration and evolution throughout history. It is a wonderful feeling to sit in the flow of such lines and participate. An embrace, a dance, a street performer playing at the back alley backstage door. A duet, a resuscitation, a way of searching for place and purpose. Transcendence is the perfect word. Thanks you for you thoughts and care. Much appreciated.
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Doug Somers said 1403 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
First - congratulations on putting together another album and all of the serious work that entails!

I read your description on the project page and was immediately resonant with "Flow, as a psychological concept, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus and enjoyment." It's an interesting and cool concept/experience, since too often if you step 'outside yourself' to look at how you're in flow you lose it. And yet you can know it when you're there, for sure, as long as you don't dwell focussed on the sense of flow but just keep - well, flowing!

I guess we don't need to analyze or even constrain such experiences with definition since the only real way to know it is to experience it directly. And the really interesting part is that when an artist is in flow, they invite the audience to join along with them. For me, this was exactly that kind of music. Really well played with care and artistry, but more than that, your choices and energies were contagious and formed the invitation to join you in that special place. And that's, to me, the real magic you brought forth.

Appreciate the download, and keep well!
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TobinMueller said 1400 days ago (September 22nd, 2015)
Flow...this was exactly that kind of music
Way cool comments, Doug. Thank you. I spent the most amount of time on the liner notes (more than any other album project, ever), trying to describe my thoughts. Even though they are lengthy, I left a ton out. But I look back at some of my favorite albums by others and wish they had shared far more of their thinking. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts on my website project page. I have even had some folks listen to Disc 2 and pair that with the Bach pieces I reference, to understand the antecedents. Makes me feel great, like the time spent was entirely wasted. (Not talking about the music. Eve if no one listened to the music, I could never consider the playing and arranging time wasted.)

Your welcome, regarding the download. FLOW is selling well. All the spotlight is definitely helping. Cheers!
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