Dear friend

Happy 2021!

In J. S. Bach's preludes, countless minimalist structures can be found, not least of which is the compositional technique of the so-called "continuation" of small musical ideas and motifs into an artistic web.   The aim of the composer and pianist Sebastian Bartmann of Duo imPuls is to use their "minimalBACH" project to focus on the musical essence and effects of the individual preludes, to extract their radiance and to shed new light on them.  This minimal music produces a radical simplicity by doing without a motivic continuation; instead only the smallest changes are made to motifs and patterns over long distances.

Barbara and Sebastian Bartmann – Duo imPuls – are winners of the 2013 Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition. As a piano duo, their diverse repertoire not only embraces the classical-romantic literature, it also includes his own works. Sebastian Bartmann's award-winning compositions have been performed in many European countries as well as in the USA. His multifaceted compositions explore various formats in the fields of media, film and drama as well as instrumentations for concerts and orchestral works. In addition, Sebastian is a passionate organist.

Let this new year shed new light on our hopes.


Gabriele Fiorentino 
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation
Piano Slam

J. S. Bach/ S. Bartmann
Prelude in E

Performed by Duo imPuls

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Soul, plucking the many strings
Of my limbs like puppet’s, make them dance,
Dance, dance, in sombre joy,
That after all the sullen play
The old world falls, the new world forms.

A thought like music takes us now,
So like, that every soul must move,
Move in a most stately measure,
And souls and bodies tread in time
Till all the trembling towers fall down.

And now the stones arise again
Till all the world is built anew
And now in one accord like rhyme,
And we who wound the midnight clock
Hear the clock of morning chime.


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