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The Great Works Project of the music ensemble Voices of Music will make HD videos of two of the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach.
The Great Works Project of the music ensemble Voices of Music will make HD videos of two of the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach.
112 backers pledged $8,155 to help bring this project to life.

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Bach Brandenburg Concertos: The Great Works Project

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Our Kickstarter project will enable us to record two of the Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach on original instruments, performed by some of the finest musicians for the interpretation of Bach. Our project will result in professionally edited videos as well as an audiophile soundtrack. Both Concertos will be released together on a single Blu-Ray disc of high definition video, and we will also release them as a DVD, along with the soundtrack, and we will put the completed video online for viewing over the internet.

Voices of Music is a pioneer in filming classical music and dance for streaming on the internet and is one of the best music ensembles in the world. More than ten million viewers worldwide have watched our videos, and we have introduced a whole new generation to classical music. Our Great Works Project will make use of our unique qualifications in Video, Performance, Musicology and Internet Technology. 

Voices of Music makes a detailed historical recreations of each work it performs, right down to the original instruments and musical techniques, through studying the history, art and culture of the time period in which the work was first created. Our performances can therefore be used in history and music history classes that require historical accuracy.

Our experience has shown that concert videos, combined with compelling, vibrant performances and the power of the internet, draws an audience ever deeper into the world of music. Voices of Music believes that we need to revitalize music and the arts in order to not only raise awareness but also to reverse the trend of cutbacks in the schools. We feel strongly that the imaginative use of the internet and the creative energy of our artists is an important part of this process.

Our videos and audio recordings can be studied or enjoyed at home on a computer, tablet or even a smartphone, and they also can be projected in a classroom, auditorium or theatre.  We will make available supplementary commentary as well as musical editions of the scores, all free.

Your donation will be a permanent gift to the world that can be shared by everyone. The more money we raise, the more we will add to our library and yours. Please support Voices of Music. Voices of Music in a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, so for those living in the US your donation is fully tax deductible.

Here we present a video of our latest "Great Works" project: the opening aria of Cantata 51 by J.S. Bach, performed on original instruments. Check the button in the lower right corner of the video to play in standard definition of high definition. Your contribution will enable us to continue our work.

Voices of Music would like to thank everyone who has participated in this project. Since we have reached our initial funding goal, we are announcing two stretch goals:

If we reach $7,000 in funding we will record and and videotape a movement from the Bach A Minor Violin Concerto.   If we reach the $12,000 level in funding we record a third Brandenburg Concerto in its entirety.   All of the additional material that will be recorded if we meet these levels of funding will be included on the Blu-Ray disc, DVD and MP3 releases along with the first two concertos. Thanks again for supporting our project!

Best wishes,

David Tayler & Hanneke van Proosdij

Directors, Voices of Music

Risks and challenges

Preparation is the key to a successful project. Our videos are thoroughly researched before we start recording, and our years of experience gives us a good chance to deal with any setbacks, should they arise. Voices of Music has one of the highest project completion rates for any music ensemble working in the combined fields of digital audio and video.

A high definition video of a concert or performance is a real technical challenge.The players meet and rehearse the material, then, with the cameras rolling, we play the music and record the video and audio using a specially designed array of microphones and high definition video cameras placed around the room. We have a complete backup system in place in case we need it.

Voices of Music is committed to making this project successful and we will oversee every step of the process.

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    An audiophile mp3 of Brandenburg Concerto 3 performed on original instruments.

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    An mp3 of Brandenburg Concerto 3 and your name will be listed in the credits of the HD Video. (You may also be "Anonymous," of course.)

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    A Blu-Ray Disc or DVD of the final project.

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    An invitation to attend the Video Recording Session in San Francisco. Donors are responsible for travel arrangements to San Francisco. Donors will also receive an autographed Blu-Ray disc or DVD, and have their names appear in the video credits. (You may also be "Anonymous," of course.)

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