For me, Bach’s music is defined by its inclusive elegance. It’s just so Regal, with a capital ‘R’. I suspect that’s why I’m so drawn to his style. His particular gracefulness, and the grace of those who perform his music, is both satisfying and deeply relaxing for me, in both performance and in listening. To me, the opening movement of BWV 139 dances so elegantly, I can’t help but smile at the warmth and invitation in the very first measures. I feel like the best, most elegant version of myself when I sing a gorgeous chorale tune surrounded by all of the intricately connected moving parts.

Carley DeFranco