Dorian Komanoff Bandy

Conductor - Violinist - Keyboardist - Educator

During the 2014-2015 season, Dorian Komanoff Bandy and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa will present recital-series "BACH EXPLORED". Each program will focus on a different aesthetic facet of Bach's musical language, surveying its roots in music of his contemporaries and forebears.

Bach’s works for violin and harpsichord are the only sonatas of their vintage to have entered the standard repertoire. Despite modern-day popularity, they were composed as humble essays in an already rich and thriving tradition – a tradition stretching back three generations before Bach’s birth. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the violin sonata was Germany’s primary outlet for instrumental experimentation, expression, and virtuosity, and its exponents redefined the violin’s technical and musical boundaries.

The first concert, “Bach the Dionysian,” celebrates violinist-composers who indulged in the pleasures of virtuosity: this program features flighty, mercurial fantasias and scherzos of the 17th century, and sensuous, indulgent sonatas of the 18th century. “Dark Visions,” the second program, probes the deepest reaches of artistic expression, from musical ars moriendi to violinistic depictions of grief and despair. Finally, “Bach the Apollonian” closes the series on an exalted note, with grand, heavenly sonatas by two generations of composers.

Composers featured:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Anonymous (3)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Georg Friedrich Händel
Johann Christian Hertel
Johann Mattheson
Jacobus Nozemann
Johann Georg Pisendel
Johannes Schenck
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Georg Philipp Telemann
Johann Jakob Walther
Johann Paul Westhoff


Dorian Komanoff Bandy, baroque violin
Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord


CONCERT 1: Bach the Dionysian

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 7:30pm New Bedford Art Museum (608 Pleasant St, New Bedford MA)
Thursday, 2 October 2014 7:30pm First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St, Boston MA)
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CONCERT 2: Dark Visions

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 7:30pm New Bedford Art Museum
Thursday, 29 January 2015, 7:30pm First Church in Boston
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CONCERT 3: Bach the Apollonian

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 7:30pm New Bedford Art Museum
Thursday, 9 April 2015, 7:30pm First Church in Boston
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