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Topic: favourites of the well-tempered klavier  (Read 1760 times)

Offline Tash

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favourites of the well-tempered klavier
on: June 09, 2004, 03:53:03 PM
ok i've just decided i want to play some of bach's preludes and fugues from the well-tempered klavier but don't know where to start. i've done from book 1 the prelude in c major and prelude and fugue in c minor, and my teacher has recommended b flat major.

so i was wondering which are your favourites and which would you recommend to start playing first? thanks
'J'aime presque autant les images que la musique' Debussy

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Re: favourites of the well-tempered klavier
Reply #1 on: June 09, 2004, 04:50:43 PM
You have two choices:

1.      Listen to all of the 48, and pick the one you love the most irrespective of difficulty.

2.      Learn them according to their progressive order of difficulty, so that one prepares for the next. Such progressive order is to a certain extent subjective and personal, since what I find easy/difficult may be different from what you find easy difficult. In any case, I give you below my personal order, going from the easiest to the most difficult.

1. no. 15 in  G (Book II)
2. no. 6 in Dm
3. no. 21 in Bb
4. no. 10 in Em
5. no. 20 in Am (Book II)
6. no. 11 in F
7. no. 2 in Cm
8. no. 9 in E
9. no. 13 in F#
10. no. 21 in Bb (Book II)
11. no. 6 in Dm (Book II)
12. no. 19 in A (Book II)
13. no. 11 in F (Book II)
14. no. 19 in A
15. no. 14 in F#m
16. no. 18 in G#m
17 no. 2 in Cm (Book II)
18. no. 5 in D
19. no. 7 in Eb
20. no. 14 in F#m (Book II)
21. no. 7 in Eb (Book II)
22. no. 1 in C
23. no. 17 in Ab
24. no. 13 in F# (Book II)
25. no. 15 in G
26. no. 12 in Fm (Book II)
27. no. 1 in C (Book II)
28. no. 24 in Bm (Book II)
29. no. 10 in Em (Book II)
30. no. 16 in Gm
31. no. 5 in D (Book II)
32. no. 18 in G#m (Book II)
33. no. 24 in Bm
34. no. 9 in E (Book II)
35. no. 4 in C#m (Book II)
36. no. 23 in B
37. no. 3 in C# (Book II)
38. no. 12 in Fm
39. no. 3 in C#
40. no. 8 in D#m (Book II)
41. no. 22 in Bbm
42. no. 17 in Ab (Book II)
43. no 4 in C#m
44. no. 8 in D#m
45. no. 20 in Am
46. no. 22 in Bbm (Book II)
47. no. 16 in Gm (Book II)
48. no. 23 in B (Book II)


Best wishes,
Bernhard.




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Re: favourites of the well-tempered klavier
Reply #2 on: June 11, 2004, 03:03:34 AM
oh excellent thanks heaps!
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Re: favourites of the well-tempered klavier
Reply #3 on: June 13, 2004, 02:22:19 AM
You are welcome. :)
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side. (Hunter Thompson)
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