Johann Sebastian Bach

About Johann Sebastian Bach's Inventions

In the original title to these works, the composer called them “A faithful guide, whereby admirers of the harpsichord are shown a plain method of learning not only to play clean in two Parts, but likewise in further Progress to manage three obbligato Parts well and correctly, and at the same time not merely how to get good Inventions, but also how to develop the same well; but above all, to obtain a cantabile style of playing, and together with this to get a strong foretaste of composition."
Bach used them in his teaching as a first step on the way to playing more complex contrapuntal works, such as the Well-Tempered Clavier.
Both the two-part Inventions and the three-part Sinfonias are arranged in order of ascending key, each group covering fifteen major and minor keys.

Preview TitleKey Year Level
Invention 1 BWV 772  in C Major by Bach piano sheet music AAB Invention 1 BWV 7721 C Major 1723 5
Invention 2 BWV 773  in C Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAC Invention 2 BWV 7732 C Minor 1723 5
Invention 3 BWV 774  in D Major by Bach piano sheet music AAD Invention 3 BWV 7747 D Major 1723 5
Invention 4 BWV 775  in D Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAE Invention 4 BWV 7758 D Minor 1723 5
Invention 5 BWV 776  in E-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAF Invention 5 BWV 77611 E-flat Major 1723 5
Invention 6 BWV 777  in E Major by Bach piano sheet music AAG Invention 6 BWV 77713 E Major 1723 5
Invention 7 BWV 778  in E Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAH Invention 7 BWV 77814 E Minor 1723 6
Invention 8 BWV 779  in F Major by Bach piano sheet music AAI Invention 8 BWV 77917 F Major 1723 6
Invention 9 BWV 780  in F Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAJ Invention 9 BWV 78018 F Minor 1723 6
Invention 10 BWV 781  in G Major by Bach piano sheet music AAK Invention 10 BWV 78123 G Major 1723 6
Invention 11 BWV 782  in G Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAL Invention 11 BWV 78224 G Minor 1723 6
Invention 12 BWV 783  in A Major by Bach piano sheet music AAM Invention 12 BWV 78329 A Major 1723 6
Invention 13 BWV 784  in A Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAN Invention 13 BWV 78430 A Minor 1723 6
Invention 14 BWV 785  in B-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAO Invention 14 BWV 78533 B-flat Major 1723 6
Invention 15 BWV 786  in B Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAP Invention 15 BWV 78636 B Minor 1723 6

Forum posts about the Inventions by Johann Sebastian Bach

How many hours do you practice for a one piece? (to get to recital level play) by pascalxus
I know most people will practice multiple songs and excercise per day. But, Has anyone ever logged the number of hours they practice, just...

How many Bach Inventions have you learned? by pascalxus
i'll share my Invention history: I learned Inventions 1,4,8 and 13 many many years ago.  It's been so long, I basically have ...

Pieces without Teacher by rtheunissen
Dear people, For the coming 6 weeks or so my teacher is on vacation and he allowed me to learn some pieces on my own for fun during this ti...

feeling overwhelmed by contrapunctus1
So long story short, I'm currently learning the Bach Inventions with my teacher (it's me 4th week of having lessons) and I am just o...

Practicing and injury. by neeeel
I have been playing piano for a few months now, and learned a couple of Bach inventions. I want to improve my technique so I was looking at ...

Bach struggling by billybraga
Im a intermediate student, and im getting contact with the easiest Bach pieces rn (i have done pretty much of the anna magdalena bach's...

Piano tutorials on J.S. BACH Inventions no.1,4,8 and 13 by antune
Hey guys, just wanted to share my tutorials with you on Bach Inventions in C major, D minor, F major and A minor. Hope it is helpful! Cheers...

Hands Separate - how useful is it? by lettersquash
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Progress of Classical Piano Playing by bilgekaana
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Advanced repertoire for kid with small hands by hammerklavier
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Bach Scholar - Tempos by samwitdangol
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Adult beginner seeking any advice I can get by helveticat
I've been lurking here for a week or two and thought I'd see what some of you might have to say about my present predicament. I�...

Bach - Partita No. 2 In C Minor - Some Questions. by reiyza
Hi ps forum, It's been a while. I'll cut to the chase. 1. I have been playing mostly bach inventions(2 part 1,4,8,13,15, 3 part n...

Adult Students: Anyone find that the more you play the less you know? by bernadette60614
When I was a teenager I thought I played the entirety of the Moonlight Sonata fantastically. As a returning adult student, I find that two ...

Difficulties with Bach Invention No 8 by svensknavi
Hello. So, I've been assigned to work on Bach Invention no 8 by my piano teacher, and for some reason, I'm struggling immensely on...