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Between the composition of the two books of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s ›Well-Tempered Clavier‹ lie nearly two decades. He compiled the first during his years as Kapellmeister in Köthen in Saxony-Anhalt (1717 to 1723). Some of the pieces, or early forms of them, may already have been composed at the end of his time in Weimar. As Christoph Wolff notes, it was »probably his most revolutionary work for a keyboard instrument up to then«, in several respects. It was the first time a composer had written works in all the twelve major and twelve minor keys of the chromatic scale and put them together in a collection. In addition, the 24 preludes and fugues offered a compendium of the playing techniques, genres and forms of the piano music of the time. Not only that, they provided an overview of the art of composition and understanding of music. Bach also offers an introduction to the fundamentals of music playing, musical thinking and creativity.
Heidrun Holtmann interprets Bach's magnum opus with meticulous care / Fono Forum
Hans von Bülow termed Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier as the Old Testament of piano playing and these two volumes each containing 24 pairs of preludes and fugues are today still considered one of the great challenges of piano literature. The musical text offers great freedom as it is almost bereft of any dynamic and articulation markings. What is more, since Robert Levin showed in his ...
Heidrun Holtmann brings great pianistic intelligence to Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier / Planet Hugill
That much Bach's instrumental music lay ignored and had to be re-discovered means that performing traditions have been re-forming round it, giving performers a wide range of options. This quick survey of some recent Bach discs gives a flavour of the possibilities with Bach on the harpsichord, the piano and the grand organ of Notre Dame, as well as the violin. Bach's complete preludes an...