Keyboard Works (Klavierwerke) by Johann Sebastian Bach traditionally describes the Nos. 772 to 994, Chapter 8 in the BWV catalogue, noting compositions for a solo keyboard instrument like the harpsichord or the clavichord. Despite the fact that organ is likewise a keyboard instrument, which in Bach’s time the distinction wasn’t constantly made whether a keyboard structure was for organ or another keyboard instrument, Wolfgang Schmieder ranged organ structures in a separate area of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (Nos. 525-771). Also other compositions for keyboard, like compositions for lute-harpsichord and fortepiano were listed outside the “Klavierwerke” variety by Schmieder. Lute works are in the range 995– 1000, Chapter 9 in the BWV brochure.
Bach was a prodigious talent at the keyboard, popular during 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 inventions, suites, fugues, partitas, overtures, in addition to keyboard arrangements of concerto music by his contemporaries. The fortepiano is an instrument Bach would have experienced once, by the end of his life when it was recently developed, while visiting his boy in Potsdam. The visit led to Das Musikalische Opfer, parts of which might have been intended for the brand-new instrument.
|Composer:||Bach, Johann Sebastian|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||BWV 964 ; BC L184|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IJB 607|
|Movements/Sections:||4 movements: Adagio, Fuga. Allegro, Andante, Allegro|