Keyboard Works (Klavierwerke) by Johann Sebastian Bach traditionally describes the Nos. 772 to 994, Chapter 8 in the BWV brochure, listing structures for a solo keyboard instrument like the harpsichord or the clavichord. Despite the truth that organ is also a keyboard instrument, which in Bach’s time the distinction wasn’t always made whether a keyboard structure was for organ or another keyboard instrument, Wolfgang Schmieder varied organ compositions in a different section of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (Nos. 525-771). Also other structures for keyboard, like structures for lute-harpsichord and fortepiano were noted outside the “Klavierwerke” range by Schmieder. Lute works are in the range 995– 1000, Chapter 9 in the BWV brochure.
Several of Bach’s works for keyboard were published in print in his own lifetime. 4 such publications were offered the name Clavier-Übung (Keyboard Practice) by the composer. Bach was not the first to use that name, for example Bach’s Leipzig predecessor Johann Kuhnau had actually used it for 2 volumes published in the late 17th century. The very first volume, Bach’s Opus 1, was released in 1731, while the last was released a decade later. The first, 2nd and last volume contain music written for harpsichord, while the 3rd was written for the organ, just 4 duets consisted of because volume winding up in the BWV 772– 994 range.
Bach was a prodigious talent at the keyboard, well known throughout his life time for both his technical and improvisational capabilities. A lot of Bach’s keyboard works started as improvisations. Bach composed commonly for the harpsichord, producing numerous developments, suites, fugues, partitas, overtures, along with keyboard plans of concerto music by his contemporaries. The fortepiano is an instrument Bach would have come across when, by the end of his life when it was just recently created, while visiting his kid in Potsdam. The check out led to Das Musikalische Opfer, parts of which may have been planned for the brand-new instrument.
|Composer:||Bach, Johann Sebastian|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||BWV 967 ; BC 183|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IJB 604|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1705?|