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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I And II, Complete

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I And II, Complete composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). For solo piano. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Baroque. SMP Level 10 (Advanced). Collection. Introductory text and performance notes (does not include words to the songs). 208 pages. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-245322).

ISBN 0486245322. With introductory text and performance notes (does not include words to the songs). Baroque. 9 3/8x1214 inches.

All 48 preludes and fugues in all major and minor keys. Authoritative Bach-Gesellschaft edition. Explanation of ornaments in English, tempo indications, music corrections.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 9-10.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

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Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

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  • 4

    New Britain, CT
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  • January 06, 2011 Good edition, but it has flaws

    Its pros are that it gives you Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier at an excellent price, free of the dubious editorial markings that plague Schirmer and other equally-inexpensive editions. Its cons? To be honest, some of those editorial markings can be helpful! What you get is essentially a...

    urtext edition. The only editorial markings seem to be tempo indications. However, the lack of fingering is a bit of a problem. Phrasing would also be helpful, but even Henle editions of the WTC don't have phrasing. Another con is that the binding is stiff; you'll have to break it in well before playing from this book. If you have a good teacher, access to a good recording (I recommend Rosalyn Tureck), and/or access to an edition with fingering, this edition would work well for you. If you need fingering, phrasing, and dynamics and don't mind a Romantic interpretation of this Baroque masterpiece, then get a Schirmer. Otherwise, get a Henle if you can afford it.

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  • 5

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  • May 28, 2008 Very Lovely

    This is a very good book, I hate all those other books with all the complicated fingering this is so much better.

    17 of 37 people found this review helpful.
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  • April 09, 2008 Terrible Edition!

    It's a good idea to collect both books but NOT! if the print is floating, pages thin, and guality a lot below average. Two stars for the low price and fantastic music.

    25 of 46 people found this review helpful.
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  • March 25, 2008 The Well-Tempered Clavier

    The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I and II complete by Dover Publications is nice, I like the phrasing and order to the peices. I think the only part I didn't like is that there are no fingerings, those are always very helpful.

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  • 4

    Hinckley, OH
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  • December 05, 2007 Fingerings aside, I'm having no problem

    While I understand that fingerings would be nice, I have not found this to be a limitation. This is an essential book for a serious student of back. If the binding is a real problem, make copies of the pages. Very few music books of this time come spiral bound...

    (I wish they would).

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