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Johann Sebastian Bach. The Well-Tempered Clavier I BWV 846-869

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Martina Rebmann and Christoph Wolff. This edition: facsimile. Half-leather binding. Documenta musicologica II/50 / Barenreiter Facsimile. Facsimile. BWV 846-869. 90/28 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BVK02368. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BVK02368).

Item Number: BA.BVK02368

ISBN 9783761823682. 36.7 x 23 cm inches. Language: English/German. Preface: Christoph Wolff / Martina Rebmann.

The 'Well-Tempered Clavier' is the Old Testament, Beethoven's sonatas the New.We must believe in both.Hans von Bulow

The preludes and fugues of"The Well-Tempered Clavier"embrace an entire cosmos of compositional devices and musical characters - the"ne plus ultra"of 'unity through diversity'. Here Bach not only presented the sum total of keyboard artistry in his day but foresaw its future evolution.His treatment of the keys marked a turning point in music history.

The autograph score, originally a fair copy, contains later revisions and alterations reflecting the composer at work.
This new facsimile edition presents the manuscript in high-quality four-colour reproduction. Bach authority Christoph Wolff provides a Commentary to the work's genesis and the characteristics of Bach's handwriting.
Martina Rebmann(Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) describes the subsequent history of the autograph.


The seal is used exclusively for facsimile editions published by Barenreiter which meet the highest demands in both scholarly and technical terms.

The distinguishing features include:
* A facsimile in high-quality colour printing
* Scholarly commentary
* Attractive cover design

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  • July 22, 2017 Best price found

    A great historical facsimile and a credit to SMP for carrying it - (not exactly a 'best-seller'). SMP also had the best price of all others I found. Regarding the book itself, it would've been better to have wider inner page margin - you must press open (flatten book) to...

    see notes almost "hidden" inside the crease. Outside margins are fine but sometimes difficult to see notes easily (comfortably) in the "crease" of the book which of course you want to not "force" flat. I assume this is so people could not flatten the book on a scanner to make scanned copies. A great treasure - hopefully Barenreiter will eventually come out with Book II in facsimile edition as well. Daniel Léo Simpson Composer San Francisco

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