During my pregnancy I recorded two bars every two weeks of this 40 bar piece. Enjoy my performance and see my belly grow:

JS Bach – Violin Partita no 2 – Gigue

by | Mar 24, 2021 | 16 comments

Hi! I'm Zlata

Classical violinist helping you overcome technical struggles and play with feeling by improving your bow technique.

What could I possibly add to all the amazing recordings already made of Bach’s solo violin sonatas and partitas?

This is the difficulty of recording classical music today and the reason why I never record ‘big repertoire’, but mostly music that isn’t that well known. I wouldn’t dare to record pieces that are recorded hundreds of times by half Gods like Hilary Hahn, haha!

In the beginning of my pregnancy with Tristan, I was looking for ideas for a belly progress video similar to the one I made of my twins Louise and Victor.

As I was playing the Gigue from the 2nd partita I suddenly noticed that this piece is exactly 40 bars…

Wow, that could lend itself greatly to recording two bars every two weeks.

I overcame my ‘Bach fear’ and finally recorded something from the famous solo violin sonatas and partitas

What do I have to add? Well, I don’t have any illusion that I could add to the amazing recordings already out there in terms of musicality or technique, but… I could make it a fun belly progress video with which a new audience could be reached with this beautiful music.

Remember whatever stage of your violin journey you’re in, you ALWAYS have something to add

Just because it’s you and you are unique.

Share your dream piece in the comments below:

16 Comments

  1. Eleonore

    Waaauw!!! Well done Zlata, what a splendid performance. Your son cannot be but a musician when hè grows older. I always like your pictures to watch the kids to grow. Groetjes,
    Eleonore

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  2. Kathryn

    That was a really neat idea! You are so blessed! Enjoy them while they are little….they grow fast while you are busy.

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  3. Bianca

    How beautiful on so many levels. Thank you, dear teacher. Blessings.

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  4. Mathilde Maijer

    This is amazing.

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  5. Sylvia Ladan

    That was amazing! Your music and video brought tears to my eyes. You have a beautiful family. God bless you and yours!

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  6. Sherolyn

    This is a truly remarkable video. Just the editing to make it sound like a seamless song is hard to believe. Not to mention the growth of your belly and baby! I’m astounded. The progress of your video production from your early days is nothing short of remarkable, Zlata. You rock!

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  7. CHRISTINA LANCASTER

    Beautiful song, beautiful baby… congratulations! I just ordered the Tower Strings Midnight Violin so I’ll be following you once it arrives. It’s funny because I’d already scoped out that violin then I ran across you while doing some Google search and low-and-behold… you recommend it’s “sister” violin (which is out of stock, btw).

    I played piano by ear since I was 6 and now I’m 48 and going to try to learn the violin. I love the viola and cello, but thing that to start, this is the best first step in that direction. I went to Duke Ellington School of Art High School in Washington, D.C. in 1988, when I was 15 as a piano major, but I minored for a few months in cello, guitar, and harp. I did not get to finish the year due to my crazy family situation and haven’t been musical since, besides tying to remember Moonlight Sonata from when I was 9… by ear… lol. I still don’t read music very well, but I hope you will continue to inspire me to keep going because you already have to a degree just by finding you online and noticing that you are very responsive and care about the music and getting it into the hearts, hands, and minds of others mainly for the purpose of their self-fulfillment.

    I hope I do well with this… send me good wishes and luck please and then hug that cute baby for me too. 🙂

    I look forward to your free beginner studies and if I make it through those to my own satisfaction, I’ll get the monthly unlimited lessons+ package as well.

    Enjoy your little one… that video was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

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    • Zlata

      Welcome, Christina, happy violin playing! I’m sure you’ll learn quickly with all your musical experience :).

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