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Pianist and composer Matt Herskowitz performs Bach's Prelude in C minor, live at Bach Lounge in The Greene Space

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Pianist and composer Matt Herskowitz was among the performers at WQXR's Bach Lounge — a two-part evening celebrating cross-genre interpretations of J.S. Bach's work. Here, he performs Bach's Prelude in C minor, which he recorded for the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to the 2003 animated film "The Triplets of Belleville."

Host Terrance McKnight noted the performance was reminiscent of the classical pianist Glenn Gould. 

"That's because I was originally hired by [director] Sylvain Chomet to play this prelude in the style of Glenn Gould, basically to imitate his performance for the movie," Herskowitz said. "So I did that, and then I started fooling around with the jazz waltz version and he said, 'Hey, why don't you do a take? We might use that in a movie.' And he did."



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matt herskowitz from Montreal

Thanks WQXR for posting this! I'd just like to correct one very small detail - it was the film's composer, Ben Charest, who hired me to record the Bach Prelude for the film, and not the film's director, Sylvain Chomet.

Thanks again for inviting me to play on the Bach Lounge, it was a blast!
All best,

Apr. 13 2013 05:26 PM

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