• Matthew Cochran

J.S. Bach Sonata, BWV 1003 (arr. Cochran) out now on Bend Classical

Just before the pandemic hit, I recorded my transcription of J.S. Bach's Sonata, BWV 1003. Just me, a gorgeous acoustic space, a guitar I love, audio gear I commissioned. Just me. But I didn't do it alone.

I first learned this Sonata in the 90's while at the Eastman School of Music studying with Nicholas Goluses. Nick's recording of Bach's Violin Sonatas has inspired me since I was in high school. His sound is magnificent, his phrasing is flawless. Nick visited Interlochen last fall. He played a concert and he taught a masterclass to some of my students, and I was struck by just how much of my own teaching and musical approach is based on concepts that Nick introduced to me 25 years ago.

Guitar players tend to do their work in solitude, but if you've had good teachers, you're never really alone.

Recorded March, 2020 at Cathedral Barn in Historic Barns Park, Traverse City MI

Microphones and preamp: Sonodore

Guitar: Stephan Connor