Johann Sebastian Bach
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2

About Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2

Bach wrote the second set of 24 preludes and fugues some sixteen years after the first one.
By this time the fugue was more or less out of fashion, and Bach had begun to attract some criticism for his unnaturally intricate style of composition.
It’s not unlikely that he wrote this second set partly with the aim of silencing his critics, once again demonstrating how the fugue could be made to absorb all sorts of styles and expressions.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Prelude & Fugue 1 BWV 870  in C Major by Bach piano sheet music AAB Prelude & Fugue 1 BWV 8701 C Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 2 BWV 871  in C Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAC Prelude & Fugue 2 BWV 8712 C Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 3 BWV 872  in C-sharp Major by Bach piano sheet music AAD Prelude & Fugue 3 BWV 8723 C-sharp Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 4 BWV 873  in C-sharp Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAE Prelude & Fugue 4 BWV 8735 C-sharp Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 5 BWV 874  in D Major by Bach piano sheet music AAF Prelude & Fugue 5 BWV 8747 D Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 6 BWV 875  in D Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAG Prelude & Fugue 6 BWV 8758 D Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 7 BWV 876  in E-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAH Prelude & Fugue 7 BWV 87611 E-flat Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 8 BWV 877  in D-sharp Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAI Prelude & Fugue 8 BWV 87710 D-sharp Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 9 BWV 878  in E Major by Bach piano sheet music AAJ Prelude & Fugue 9 BWV 87813 E Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 10 BWV 879  in E Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAK Prelude & Fugue 10 BWV 87914 E Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 11 BWV 880  in F Major by Bach piano sheet music AAL Prelude & Fugue 11 BWV 88017 F Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 12 BWV 881  in F Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAM Prelude & Fugue 12 BWV 88118 F Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 13 BWV 882  in F-sharp Major by Bach piano sheet music AAN Prelude & Fugue 13 BWV 88219 F-sharp Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 14 BWV 883  in F-sharp Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAO Prelude & Fugue 14 BWV 88320 F-sharp Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 15 BWV 884  in G Major by Bach piano sheet music AAP Prelude & Fugue 15 BWV 88423 G Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 16 BWV 885  in G Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAQ Prelude & Fugue 16 BWV 88524 G Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 17 BWV 886  in A-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAR Prelude & Fugue 17 BWV 88627 A-flat Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 18 BWV 887  in G-sharp Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAS Prelude & Fugue 18 BWV 88726 G-sharp Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 19 BWV 888  in A Major by Bach piano sheet music AAT Prelude & Fugue 19 BWV 88829 A Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 20 BWV 889  in A Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAU Prelude & Fugue 20 BWV 88930 A Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 21 BWV 890  in B-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAV Prelude & Fugue 21 BWV 89033 B-flat Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 22 BWV 891  in B-flat Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAW Prelude & Fugue 22 BWV 89134 B-flat Minor 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 23 BWV 892  in B Major by Bach piano sheet music AAX Prelude & Fugue 23 BWV 89235 B Major 1738 8
Prelude & Fugue 24 BWV 893  in B Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAY Prelude & Fugue 24 BWV 89336 B Minor 1738 8

Forum posts about the The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach

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