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Preludes & Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Matanya Ophee. With Standard notation. 80 pages. Editions Orphee #494-02447. Published by Editions Orphee (PR.494024470).

Item Number: PR.494024470

Text: Leo Brouwer.

A musical transcription needs to be justified by one or more valid reasons to establish a favorable balance between what the transcribed work stands to gain and what it stands to lose from the inevitable modifications which will change the course of its life as a result of the transcription. The present work achieves double merit by contributing to the enrichment of the guitar's repertoire with material whose value is beyond discussion; on the other hand, the real contribution of this work is to make it possible for the present day guitarist to have in his hands a method that focuses on the practice of polyphony. It is not only a delight listening to the performance of a work so coveted by guitarists, but one is also amazed at the extensive polyphonic horizon to be covered upon adapting for our instrument a work of such contrapuntal magnitude as The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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