Chantal Hovendick, a clarinetist with the US Coast Guard Band, is playing Bach’s Celebrated Air for us this week, accompanied by me on the organ.
This is a beautiful melody, soothing, quiet, and peaceful, and is frequently requested for preludes at church services. If you have ever wondered about Air on a G String’s title, it simply means that the entire melody can be played on the lowest violin string, the G string.
Although this piece was originally written for strings and continuo, I think you will find it is equally lovely with a clarinet.
Thank you, Chantal, for playing for us, and thank you, Reade James, for putting the recording together.
Written by Darlene James