‘music sets the spirit dancing’ – an interview with composer Alec Roth

‘For me, music is rooted in the body – in song and dance. When we are deeply affected by music, we say we are moved by it. For music to happen, something has to move to set the air vibrating: bow; string; lips; tube; hand; drumhead; breath; vocal cords. In the lovely imagery of the final poem in A Time to Dance, music comes into being when the air is made to dance. For me, the most inspiring composer from this point of view is Bach. His music is infused with the spirit of dance. He must have been a great dancer – just look at the pedal parts in some of his organ works! Even in the most deeply felt movements of the great Passion settings, his music sets the spirit dancing. And for me, the measure of great Bach performers is the way they make the music dance. That’s one reason why I feel so privileged to work with Ex Cathedra’s inspirational conductor, Jeffrey Skidmore.’

Read the rest of Alec Roth’s fascinating interview with Presto Classical here, listen to excerpts here, and pre-order your copy today here!  It’s a wonderful piece and we are VERY excited to be releasing it on the Hyperion label later this week.

We’ll be performing another of Alec’s pieces on Sunday 7 Feburary, 4pm, at Town Hall, Birmingham – don’t miss it.  More details here!

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