Bach was a prodigious talent at the keyboard, well known throughout his lifetime for both his technical and improvisational capabilities. Many of Bach’s keyboard works begun as improvisations. Bach wrote widely for the harpsichord, producing numerous inventions, 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 when, by the end of his life when it was just recently created, while visiting his son in Potsdam. The go to resulted in Das Musikalische Opfer, parts of which may have been intended for the new instrument.
Numerous of Bach’s works for keyboard were released in print in his own lifetime. Four such publications were offered the name Clavier-Übung (Keyboard Practice) by the composer. Bach was not the very first to use that name, for instance Bach’s Leipzig predecessor Johann Kuhnau had utilized it for two volumes released 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 on. The first, 2nd and last volume consist of music composed for harpsichord, while the third was composed for the organ, only four duets contained because volume winding up in the BWV 772– 994 range.
|Composer:||Bach, Johann Sebastian|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||BWV 966 ; BC L186|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IJB 605|
|Movements/Sections:||4 movements: Praeludium, Fuga, Adagio, Allemande|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1705?|