J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier II - 48 Preludes And Fugues BWV 870-893

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Publisher: Bärenreiter
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
The Well-Tempered Clavier II BWV 870-893 - 48 Preludes & Fugues.
Harpsichord, Piano.

Johann Sebastian Bach's idea of composing a collection of preludes and fugues in all major and minor keys was new and revolutionary in the second decade of the 18th century, particularly when considering that the tuning in use up top then distributed pure and “impure” intervals irregularly throughout the keys. The result was that one could play very well in many keys, but not at all in others. Bach was the first composer to conquer the entire breadth pf tonality in his Das Wohltemperirte Clavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), thus providing the musical world with a masterpiece of keyboard literature.

”The ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ is the Old Testament, Beethoven's sonatas the New. We must believe in both.” Hans von Bülow

The preludes and fugues of “The Well-Tempered Clavier” embrace an entire cosmos of compositional devices and musical characters – the “ne plus ultra” of ‘unity through diversity’. Here Bach not only presented the sum total of keyboard artistry in his day but foresaw its future evolution. His treatment of the keys marked a turning point in music history.
ISBN: 9790006498727
Language: English, German
Catalogue No: BA5192

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          Midlands GB Piano teacher and enthusiast
          I've loved book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier for many years, finally decided to buy book 2 and it is a joy to find more fabulous Bach to explore. Sadly the fugues in this volume are no easier than in the first... The edition is well bound, clearly printed and nice to use.
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          Confirmed purchase: 25 January 2017
          Published on: 08 February 2017