Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude, Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma opens this performance with the words, “Culture – the way we express ourselves and understand each other – can bind us together as one world.” Sitting atop a cityscape, Ma plays Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, one of the most beloved of Bach’s six cello suites. Accompanying the music, the video itself is a compilation of viewer responses to the prompt, “Show the world how you express yourself and what brings your community together.” As you listen to the swirling and whimsical movement of Bach’s prelude, meditate on the ways in which our expression binds us together. How do you express yourself? Where do you find the intersection between creativity and community? How does the unity between expression and your community shape the culture in which you live?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC