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The Well-Tempered Clavier I BWV 846-869
48 Praludien und Fugen in allen Dur- und Molltonarten. Band 1 Sheet Music Book
By Johann Sebastian Bach

Solo piano (or harpsichord) - SMP Level 9 (Advanced)
48 Praludien und Fugen in allen Dur- und Molltonarten. Band 1. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Alfred Durr. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Baroque. Collection. With thematic index and introductory text. BWV 846-869. 125 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05191_00. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05191).

Item Number: BA.BA05191

ISBN 9790006466962. 9x12 inches. Key: D minor.

The Barenreiter Well-Tempered Clavier is masterpiece of keyboard literature, a unique URTEXT edition reproducing the musical text of the New Bach Edition. The Barenreiter edition presents the musical text as it is found in the sources. J S Bach was the first to conquer the entire breadth of tonality in his Das Wohltemperierte Clavier (The Well Tempered Clavier) by composing a collection of preludes and fugues in all major and minor keys - a truly revolutionary achievement.

A detailed German/English preface by the editor Alfred Duerr included with each volume discusses the source material as well as the performance practice, including the execution of ornaments.

Barenreiter editorial guidelines keep differing manuscript traditions and versions of the Well-Tempered Clavier separate. In many other publishers' editions, there is a mixture of the various manuscript traditions and versions, creating a work different from the original sources.

In particular, the source for Volume 2 of the Well-Tempered Clavier is complicated as a "definite version" of this work by Bach has never been determined; the work survives in two distinct manuscript traditions which both go back to Bach himself. Until now, all printed editions have combined these two traditions into a single hybrid edition. The Barenreiter Well-Tempered Clavier II keeps the two traditions separate and presents each piece in the version containing the largest number of Bach's subsequent changes; significant variants from the other version are added as alternatives so that they can be performed.

About Barenreiter Urtext

What can I expect from a Barenreiter Urtext edition?

- A reliable musical text based on all available sources
- A description of the sources
- Information on the genesis and history of the work
- Valuable notes on performance practice
- Includes an introduction with critical commentary explaining source discrepancies and editorial decisions

- Page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them
- A well-presented layout and a user-friendly format
- Excellent print quality
- Superior paper and binding


About SMP Level 9 (Advanced)

All types of major, minor, diminished, and augmented chords spanning more than an octave. Extensive scale passages.

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  • December 02, 2012 el calve

    el papel es de excelente calidad, notas legibles e impresión excelente, no hay digitación. lo único malo sería que tienes que hacer dobleces para que las páginas se queden abiertas en el atril del piano

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  • April 28, 2011 Great urtext!

    I first became interested in this urtext when Angela Hewitt mentioned it in her lecture video "Bach Performance on the Piano." I am an amateur pianist studying J.S. Bach's keyboard works including the partitas and suites, the Invention and Symphonies, and the 2 books of the Well-Tempered...

    Clavier. This urtext is so cleanly organized. The cover is very attractive. There is no fingerings, as I wanted, and the start of each piece begins on the left page so you don't have to turn the page, which is also what I was looking for. The print is big and legible, and there's ample space to write your fingerings and notes, which is what one should do since each of the pieces in the WTC takes so much time to finally memorize.All in all, I am getting additional books from Barenreiter. I am very pleased with them.

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