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Bach: Prelude & Fugue BWV 847 No. 2 in C Minor

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Johann Sebastian Bach - WTC 1 :
Prelude & Fugue, BWV 847 No. 2
Prelude & Fugue BWV 847 No. 2  in C Minor by Bach piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1722
Level: 7 Period: Baroque
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xx Prelude and Fugue WTC C Minor
June 21, 2011, 07:40:27 PM by pianogirl4christ

Hey guys!
I'm in the process of learning Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C Minor.
I have the notes down in the Prelude, I just need help getting it up to speed with my hands together. My fingers don't feel together a lot of times (between L and R hands) and I was wondering if there's any method of practicing that would help improve that.
Also, with the fugue are there any good ways to practice it? Hands together or apart? Any exercises I could do beforehand?

xx Bach - Prelude 2 in C minor!
March 25, 2011, 04:01:14 AM by corecase

Hey Everyone!  This is Bach's prelude in C minor. It is not very difficult to play; however, it sure is beautiful. I will be uploading the "fugue" as well VERY soon! After watching the video, it would be greatly appreciated if you can leave a comment(good or bad; constructive criticism is always accepted and appreciated) and a rating. If you would like to see another piece that i have uploaded, go ahead and click on the link that pops up at the end of my video! It's a piece by Yann Tiersen.


Thanks, and enjoy!

xx Bach: C-minor prelude and fugue WTK I
February 24, 2011, 07:41:44 AM by pianisten1989

This old, and sometimes overplayed, p&f is a part of my repertoire, along with the Chopin etude and some other pieces, for a competition in June.

I hope you like it, and that you have many good things to say! Smiley

Edit: New recording in the bottom.

question Tempo for Bach Prelude and Fugue in C Minor
February 27, 2010, 08:15:16 PM by roosmari

Trying to decide on a performance speed for Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C Minor.  Torn between fast, flowing and dramatic and Glen Gould's version which is slower, but, to my ear, really "tells a story".

xx Learning WTC 1 C minor prelude
April 17, 2009, 09:46:20 PM by peterl

My teacher is using a method I've never come up against before - I was wondering if this is a traditional way to teach this prelude.

After a couple or weeks of standard HS practice she told me to put the hands together - but with the metronome at 40 to the sixteenth note (that's a semiquaver to non-US folks)!  Only once I can match this beat throughout the whole piece (and that's 38x16 = 608 beats = 15 minutes) will I be allowed to start to speed up.  I'm having trouble staying awake, much less matching the metronome for 15 minutes straight.

Has anyone encountered this form of torture practice with this piece, or any other?

xx Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor WTC book1
January 22, 2009, 12:51:59 AM by tonyyyy

I am just starting to work at this, hands separate so far. The only part which concerns meis  the presto section of the prelude - I dont know if I will succeed in playing it at double the speed of the previous part

I have read this useful analysis http://www-personal.umich.edu/~siglind/wtc-i-02.htm
The usual choice of tempo seems to be...
Presto = twice as fast as the main section;
translation: 2 bars in bars 1-27 = 1 bar in bars 28-33
Adagio = twice as slow as the main section;
translation: 1 bar in bars 28-33 = 1 eighth-note in bar 34
Allegro = back to the original tempo
translation: 1 eighth-note in bar 34 = 1 quarter-note in bars 35-38.
She suggests the alternative....
Another option assumes a 2:3 proportion between the outer sections on the one hand and the Presto–Adagio on the other hand. While this option does not maintain the balanced structure mentioned above, it allows a simpler transition into the fugue. (Approximate metronome settings: (a) beginning beat = 72, Presto = 144, Adagio = 36, Allegro = 72; (b) beginning beat = 88, Presto = 132, Adagio = 66, Allegro = 88.

Anyone have suggestions about this or any other issues in the piece?

Im sure the fugue will have its moments when i start to put hands together Undecided

xx Bach Fugue BWV 847 Feedback Welcome Thnx
June 16, 2008, 10:19:51 PM by createlhf

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xx Bach Prelude BWV847 Feedback Welcome
June 11, 2008, 02:09:44 PM by createlhf


xx Bach P&F c minor BK I
December 27, 2007, 09:32:40 PM by pianogeek_cz

Please try not to cringe too audibly, the piano is getting tuned soon... Roll Eyes
Nah, it's a work edition, especially the fugue.

Recorded on my brand new Zoom H4. (Yay!) Might need turning the volume up a bit.

Constructive criticism is very much welcome.

xx Bach Prelude Cm Book I
May 01, 2007, 10:15:28 PM by xhunterjx


Would anyone mind sharing the fingering they use for the right hand during the Presto?

I have been trying to figure one out myself to no avail.


xx Synchronizing Hands in Bach -- e.g. WTC BK I prelude No. 2 c minor
October 20, 2006, 03:31:37 PM by glk


Based on a thoughtful comment I received in the Audition Room -- see http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,21317.0.html
I'd appreciate suggestions for improving the synchronization of my hands in playing
intricate or symmetrical passage work.  My own thought has been to
practice slowly, with different rhythms, and then with metronome at increasing speed. 
I also try HS, especially if I can tell which hand is lagging and needs to be solidified.

Suggestions for a more efficient or alternative approach?  Thanks.

Gary K

xx Bach Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes And Fugues, II. C. Minor
April 25, 2006, 10:55:56 AM by atticus

Hi all,

I am playing the Fugue in C Minor (three voices), Book 1, WTC.  Are there any tips for bringing out the middle voice?  This is often played with the top voice in the right hand and it gets lost in my playing...


xx Bach -Prelude in C Minor
March 28, 2006, 06:29:18 PM by shash

Hello all!
I just recorded this piece.
Let me know what you think about it please.
What could I change or improve (I'm sure there's enough  Grin).

(I forgot to say: I recorded with my SilentSystem piano, that's why it is this perfectly tuned)

xx Bach Fugue In C Minor - Things To Know For Exam?
December 13, 2005, 01:19:22 PM by fuel925

In November I will be taking the Grade 8 exam. One of the pieces I am learning for this exam is Bach's Fugue In C Minor from Book 1 of the WTC. What things do you think I need to know about this piece, in the event the examiner asks me questions about it? Remember its Grade 8, not Diploma level so I don't need to go to a really technical level. Any tips would be helpful.

PS. I already know about the analysis at this site: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/wtc.html but I think it is too in-depth for this grade, and I don't really understand what it's harping on about anyway!

xx Fingering: Fugue #1 in CM from WTC Book 1, Pedal in coda
July 24, 2005, 09:38:00 PM by mound

How does one maintain the C pedal point in the coda of this fugue while still playing tenor voice? My teacher is away for a few weeks, otherwise I'd ask him Smiley


xx Bach Prelude No.2 from WTC1
May 27, 2005, 09:56:00 AM by fuel925

I'd really like to learn this piece, but I dont want to rush into things when im really not sure on the fingering. I don't want to have to wait til my next lesson to ask my teacher, so if anyone knows any good fingering techniques for this piece, please let me know Smiley

xx J.S. Bach's Prelude in C Minor from Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1
April 25, 2005, 11:56:46 AM by nicko124

Hello Everyone

I am asking for help and serious advice regarding this piece, i haven't started learning it yet. I am not sure whether to undertake it or not. I have only heard it from the recording link below:


I am a grade 7 pianist but i have learned works above grade 8 if Un Sospiro is above grade 8.
I therefore know that learning this piece would be achievable, however i have a concert in about a month and a half. I would like to add this piece in but i am not sure how difficult this piece is.
I am also finishing other pieces for the concert and so if i learn it now i will be multi tasking with the other two pieces i am finishing.

Anyway i would be greatful if someone could tell me the difficulty of the piece, if anyone has studied it than could you tell me advice regarding learning it.
Finally i would apreciate advice on whether i should learn it considering the fact that i have other things to finish before the concert.
I wouldn't want to start this piece and realise it's dragging me down to much and have to stop it.

xx Tackling Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor 847
December 03, 2004, 04:10:31 AM by rlefebvr

Go figure....trying to pick up some rock and roll and after a month of frustration, my teacher decides my left hand is week and needs work. Got just the thing for you. Yeah, right. Said it would be worth 3 years of practice. I said yes, but it will take me 5 to learn it all if at all. Anyway I lost and here I am.

Just looking for some general feedback on what to look for and what not to do. Whether to learn one or both at the same time, any special fingering or anything that becomes obvious once you've learned it, but is not transparent starting out.

At least the piece rocks.

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