Bach: Minuet in G Major
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|Johann Sebastian Bach - Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach :
Minuet, BWV 114
|Key: G Major||Published: 1725|
|Level: 2||Period: Baroque|
|Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (210 kB)|
|Piano score: PS Urtext (26 kB)|
|Piano score: Autograph manuscript (503 kB)|
|Minuet BWV 114 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)|
Bach or Petzold?Whoever composed this little Minuet, its simplicity and straightforwardness is arresting. The dancing character and the way the composer uses and varies the simple motive of the first two measures throughout the piece is also very characteristic of the Baroque era.
For countless piano students, this little minuet has functioned as a first introduction to the piano music of Bach. However, the intriguing fact is that Bach probably didn’t even compose it! Scholars seem to be more or less agreed that it is more likely to have been penned by Bach’s colleague, the organist and composer Christian Petzold (1677-1723). Anna Magdalena’s notebook functioned as a kind of musical diary, into which Bach’s wife copied pieces composed by her husband and others, sometimes without indicating authorship.
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|Practice & Performance Tips:|
|The minuet is the most common dance in the Baroque period. At that time, the ladies wore a very long, puffy, heavy dress, with which they could not move too quickly. Remember that when playing minuets! Can you play them in a very charming manner and with a very steady pulse, without rushing?|
Practice this minuet by phrases. There are four 8-bar phrases in this dance. The first phrase is very similar to the second phrase. Circle the different measures in both phrases. Compare and practice the measures that are different first.
PRACTICING HANDS APART
It is very important to practice hands separately. Each hand should be treated as an independent voice. Try to sing along as you play each voice (or each hand). If you can memorize each voice first, you will play the voices really well when you put hands together.
Mm. 25-26: notice the addition of a third voice here. You do have to hold the half-notes as if you were playing a duet with only one hand! This is a great moment for you to vary the sound and play these and the next two measures piano.
Baroque composers rarely marked articulations (slurs and staccato) on their music. But it... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.
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