historically informed performance practice

Cellist Juliana Soltis performs selections from new album Going Off Script in the Classical 101 studio.
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When you think of improvisation in music, you probably think of saxophone lines sailing through the smoke of a jazz club, not cello riffs frilling up a piece by Bach.

But Bach was a man of his times, a happenin’ kind of guy who set and also followed the musical trends of his day, which encouraged performers to ornament his and other composers’ works.