Bach in the Subways



Cellist Dale Henderson has taken to performing Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “Cello Suites” in many New York City subways. Unlike your typical busker, he does it for free. Henderson explained to the Wall Street Journal why he only plays Bach.

“I could sit alone on top of a mountaintop playing the Bach suites and be happy. They’re like the Bible for cellists,” he said, adding that playing Baroque music allows for more creative freedom. “Some of it is mystery. When you get into Mozart and Hayden, the composers have decided what they want you to do. But with the Baroque composers, the system was based more on improvisation.”

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