I am learning to play the Corrente from Bach’s Partita for Violin in B minor.

Learning a new piece is like learning a language. Pacing along at the monotonous tick of the metronome, slowly the ears tune to the vibration of each interval. Tentatively the fingers find their places. Gradually the bow articulates the string changes with more confidence. And then, finally, the notes begin to dance.

The other day, I found a beautiful quote about this form:

“The motion of the courante [or corrente] is chiefly characterized by the passion or mood of sweet expectation. For there is something heartfelt, something longing and also gratifying, in this melody: clearly music on which hopes are built.”

– Johann Mattheson (German composer and writer)