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Topic: The lead voice in the 3 Part Inventions, which is?  (Read 1940 times)

Offline faa2010

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The lead voice in the 3 Part Inventions, which is?
on: December 24, 2017, 02:31:24 PM
I want to start to learn a 3 Part Invention of Bach, Last semester I couldn't because of time and studying other pieces.

How can I Know which of the 3 voices is the lead one, how can my hands control each voice volume and intensity so the lead voice can be heard more than the others?

I am thinking about starting with the symphony no 1.

Offline j_tour

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Re: The lead voice in the 3 Part Inventions, which is?
Reply #1 on: December 27, 2017, 04:04:16 AM
Well, I wanted to take a little break from here, but I think the C major sinfonia is great to start -- it's not the easiest, but it's like the G major, if you get sick of running some scales, you can sort of substitute one of those until you get back your inspiration.

As far as I know the real meat is the very first line, which, as you know, you'll be playing pretty much through the whole piece in various ways.

I don''t have a whole lot to specifically tell you exactly how to play it, but there's somebody, I think on IMSLP, who has the Sinfonias written out in open score (you know, three staves).

I don't know if you'd have the patience to actually go through each voice and work them separately, using the exact correct fingering you decide, but you should absolutely at least look at them, or make your own (handwritten, notation software, whatever works).

OH, and, assuming you're probably going to want to do all of them (or at least the ones you like), be sure and grab the Busoni edited versions (I think they're also on IMSLP).  He, in distinction to the Wiener Verlag edition (IMHO) makes them MUCH easier to sight-read, even if you don't like his fingerings, by breaking the voices up very sensibly between the hands.

I had to be rewriting them all in a similar way, or least using some heavy pen/pencil markings -- which is instructive, but takes a long time -- before I found that Busoni did pretty much the same thing.

He's hit and miss for some of the WTC -- some are helpful for sight-reading through, and some are just about the same as anyone else's edition -- and I didn't get much out of his Goldberg's (I don't play more than a handful of the variations), but the Sinfonias he does have them written out in a way that, I'd find it hard to disagree with.   

But that's a shortcut for sight-reading, IMHO -- if you want to know the voices, I think you have to just do them separately, or at the very least study the open score.  Or, barring that, at least have a look.
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