Magic of Bach

Paramhansa Yogananda (writing in Autobiography of a Yogi):
 
“Although Indian music is extremely scientific and mathematically perfect in structure, yet the musician has a creative scope for endless improvisation around the fixed traditional melody or raga which he has chosen to play. He concentrates on the sentiment or definite mood of the raga then embroiders the theme to the limits of his own creative capacity. The Indian musician does not read set notes as in Western music, but improvises along the fixed skeleton of the raga, often confining himself to a single melodic sequence, stressing by repetition all its subtle microtonal and rhythmic variations. Bach, among Western musicians, had an understanding of the charm and power of repetitious sound slightly differentiated in a hundred complex ways.”
 
Polina Osetinskaya plays Bach Concerto No. 1 in D Minor:
 

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