Alan Warburton & J.S. Bach | 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier is a collection of solo keyboard music dating back to 1722. Bach wrote it for educational purposes, “for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning.”

Fast forward to 2015, and here we are with a witty and incredibly beautiful, otherworldly reproduction of the great master’s œuvre that will benefit not only the musical youth but pretty much everyone with an eye for beauty.

The whole piece is CGI. Yet, director Alan Warburton made me totally believe I’m there, in a real life location. Well… go figure for yourself.

This is Triple A for creativity and execution.


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“My film draws inspiration from minimalist sculpture and graphical notation”, Warburton states about his own work, “an alternative to traditional sheet music notation that evolved in the 1950s and often involves abstract symbols and experimental visual codes.”

The performance was done by French piano ace Pierre-Laurent Aimard. There was actually a whole lot of math involved when sync’ing the CGI lights with the tones. Read the full behind-the-scenes report to learn more.


Director & Visual Artist | Alan Warburton
Programming | Matthew Bain
Sound Design | Mustafa Bal
Musical Consultation | Jonathan James
Performance | Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Commissioned by Sinfini Music.

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