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Performance: Bach, Suite no. 5, "Sarabande"

Yo-Yo Ma

Lesson time 04:01 min

Yo-Yo performs J.S. Bach’s Suite no. 5, "Sarabande", from the depth of his own human connection and expression.

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NARRATOR: The Sarabande from Bach's "5th Suite." Here's a piece of music that combines the discipline of an ancient dance form with the pathos of human dejection. It is objective in approach, and totally empathetic to the human condition. Let me play it for you. And as you listen, think about how each note is an object that can feel the pull of gravity. [MUSIC - J.S. BACH, "SUITE NO. 5 IN C MINOR, SARABANDE"] NARRATOR: Did you feel how gravity seemed to pull on the notes, dragging them down? And did you hear how that changed at the very end? I think there's a universal story here, told in just 108 notes. It's a story to which we can all relate, the struggle for hope. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Likely the world’s most recognizable cellist, Yo-Yo Ma has spent more than 60 years creating meaning through music. Now, the 18-time Grammy Award winner is sharing that experience with you. Whether or not you play an instrument, explore Yo-Yo Ma’s philosophy for embracing music’s emotional power, expand your self-expression and creativity, and develop a deeper appreciation for music’s ability to connect people and culture.

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