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J.S. Bach: Toccatas BWV 910-916


By Johann Sebastian Bach

Piano solo (Urtext) - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Toccaten. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Rudolf Steglich. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Edition without fingering. Classical. Softcover. G. Henle #HN1126. Published by G. Henle (HL.51481126).

Item Number: HL.51481126

9.25x12.25 inches.

Bach most likely composed his Toccatas in his early creative years, between 1707 and 1713; they can be seen as the products of Bach's own 'Sturm und Drang' period, and were not planned as an interconnected work cycle, but as autonomous works written at different times. As was customary for this genre, the toccatas emphasize virtuoso and improvisatory elements, and, occasionally, the recitative aspect as well. What is indispensable is Bach's mastery of the polyphonic technique, the rich harmonies, and the inexhaustible wealth of his inventiveness.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

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

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  • 2011-04-20 00:00:00.0 Best edition of the toccatas

    This is a beautiful, clean edition of the toccatas. The E minor toccata has some especially beautiful movements. These pieces, especially the fugues, are very challenging. This edition is rivaled only by Barenreiter, which I don't own but I have seen other people's copies. However, since they are...

    the same price, I recommend this edition since it has clearer printing and a much better binding.

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