Bach was a prodigious talent at the keyboard, well known throughout his lifetime for both his technical and improvisational capabilities. A number of Bach’s keyboard works begun as improvisations. Bach wrote widely for the harpsichord, producing various developments, suites, fugues, partitas, overtures, as well as keyboard plans of concerto music by his contemporaries. The fortepiano is an instrument Bach would have come across as soon as, by the end of his life when it was just recently created, while visiting his kid in Potsdam. The go to led to Das Musikalische Opfer, parts of which might have been meant for the brand-new instrument.
Several of Bach’s works for keyboard were published in print in his own life time. Four such publications were provided the name Clavier-Übung (Keyboard Practice) by the author. Bach was not the very first to use that name, for example Bach’s Leipzig predecessor Johann Kuhnau had used it for 2 volumes released in the late 17th century. The very first volume, Bach’s Opus 1, was released in 1731, while the last was published a years later. The first, second and last volume consist of music composed for harpsichord, while the third was composed for the organ, only 4 duets contained in that volume winding up in the BWV 772– 994 variety.
|Composer:||Bach, Johann Sebastian|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||BWV 965 ; BC L187|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IJB 603|
|Movements/Sections:||8 movements: Adagio, Fuga, Adagio, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1705?|