The first Prelude from volume I of the Well-Tempered Clavier is among the most-played pieces in the piano repertoire. Though it seems easy to play, this is misleading since the performer must build up, and maintain, the musical tension. Only in the closing measures does the tension let up and lead to the more challenging fugue.
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Part 1 of Johann Sebastian Bach’s WellTempered Clavier has survived in a complete autograph fair copy dating from the year 1722. The title translates roughly as follows: The Well-Tempered Clavier, or preludes and fugues in every key, including those with the major third and those with the minor third, for the use and benefit of inquisitive young musicians and for the special … more