|Eugene Herron said:|
I could easily imagine a contemporary of Bach's, an admirer with his or her own orchestra, performing the "Musical Offering" this way. There is something right about it, fitting even, to go beyond a flute, violins and a harpsichord or fortepiano and add other voices. The richness of voice gives the work depth and reveals its inner beauty.
I especially like the Ricercar 6 performed by as many voices, which gives it depth and more comprehension. I have also heard this piece done by an oboe and bassoon band, and it was also wonderful.
There is something homey and intimate about the Ricercar 3 being performed on a harpsichord. A clavichord would be better than either and would be how Bach would play it for a house guest who did not read music but wanted to hear "that fugue you played for that rascal Frederick II".