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The Well-Tempered Clavier

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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48 Preludes and Fugues. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and with commentaries by Donald Francis Tovey. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Baroque; Masterwork. Book. Dover Publications #06-493717. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-493717).

Item Number: AP.6-493717

ISBN 0486493717. English.

A monument in the history of Western music, The Well-Tempered Clavier represents not only the culmination of J. S. Bach's own maturation process but also the impetus for the emerging style and structure of modern keyboard music. Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin were influenced by its polyphonic richness and depth of harmony, and Schumann counseled young musicians to "make The Well-Tempered Clavier your daily bread." Modern pianists can follow Schumann's advice with this new edition of an authoritative and long-out-of-print score that offers illuminating perspectives from a pair of eminent musical interpreters. Book 1 of this two-volume set features Sir Donald Francis Tovey's analyses of 24 preludes and fugues, including suggestions for performance. In addition to commentaries by Tovey, a lauded Bach scholar and world-famous musicologist, the pieces are complemented by fingerings devised by Harold Samuel, a major Bach interpreter. Students, teachers, and professionals will appreciate this finely engraved and modestly priced version of Bach's enduring works.

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