A Baroque violin and a piano walk into a bar. See what happens next...
I was flattered when my wife/Baroque violinist Erika Cutler invited me to perform Italian composer Dario Castello's (1602-1631) Seconda Sonata. But while I love this gorgeous music, it is far from my specialty.
Rather than doing a less good version of what has already been performed extraordinarily before, we took another approach. Embracing Creative Performance Practice, Erika played the original part authentically, but I was free to integrated my own language in the improvised piano part.
The resultant music is at once Baroque and something entirely different. It is a true collaborative effort between composer and performer.
The video below begins with a humorous description of challenges challenges we faced when working on this...
I don't Baroque
I don't read scribble
It's in the wrong key
...before sharing our unique musical vision (beginning at3:58). Please enjoy!