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On That Note: Rediscovering Bach, Time And Time Again

Andrej Grilc
Robert Cohen at the Boyne Music Festival in Ireland.

Every month, cellist Robert Cohen joins Lake Effect to talk about music and life in a segment called On That Note. This month, Robert is preparing to perform the music one of his favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach. Even after a lifetime of playing this music, Cohen says there is always so much more to discover.

The cellist explains that interpreting Bach's work always offers new challenges because so much of it is guesswork. 

Cohen says, "How do you know what Bach wants? I mean, nobody’s spoken to him about it, you can’t make a phone call, you can’t send him an email … and so you’re challenging yourself to think, 'Well, what was he trying to say with this or what would he want from this?' "

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.