Preludes and Fugues | The Well-Tempered Clavier, by J.S. BachWelcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Completed by , Book 2 was intended as a complement to Book 1, not as a replacement. It is generally far more difficult than Book 1 however, with greater technical and structural difficulty for the performer.
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It explores the intricacies of each of the 12 major and 12 minor keys and constitutes the largest-scale and most-influential undertaking for solo keyboard of the Baroque era. An example of such a system, though not the only one available, is that of equal temperament , in which the octave is divided into 12 semitones of exactly equal intervals compare meantone temperament. Further, by using the word clavier , Bach indicated that his music could be played on any keyboard instrument , including harpsichord , clavichord , and organ. The collection takes advantage of the knowledge that though keyboard instruments have different mechanisms and produce distinctive sounds, any reasonably competent player can move from one to another without difficulty. Together the two volumes of The Well-Tempered Clavier consist of 24 preludes paired with 24 fugues.
In the hand of Anna Magdalena Bach. In the hand of Anna Magdalena Bach, with revisions in the hand of the composer. Autograph, with the first 19 bars of the prelude in the hand of Anna Magdalena Bach. Quick Search. All the music is in the hand of the composer, with the exception of the preludes and fugues in C minor, D minor, E major and G major, and part of the F major prelude f.
But it is also very complex music, with many voices doing many things at the same time. Hearing and understanding everything that is going on is not straightforward, and it is not something that can be achieved just by listening, even after many repeat listenings. To fully comprehend how this music is crafted, it is necessary to read it. Reading and listening to this Bach masterpiece just got easier with a new video that combines two open source scores with the piano playing of Kimiko Ishizaka to present you a complete performance of the Well-Tempered Clavier. The Fugues, in particular, are quite special in this video. For each Fugue, the score separates the voices into their own lines, so you can see how all of them fit together.