Several of Bach’s works for keyboard were published 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 utilize that name, for example Bach’s Leipzig predecessor Johann Kuhnau had utilized it for two volumes released in the late 17th century. The first volume, Bach’s Opus 1, was released in 1731, while the last was released a decade later on. The very first, 2nd and last volume include music written for harpsichord, while the third was written for the organ, just 4 duets contained in that volume ending up in the BWV 772– 994 range.
The Well-Tempered Clavier, a collection of forty-eight Preludes and Fugues, was not printed till half a century after Bach’s death, although it had distributed in manuscript kind prior to that. Prior to the comprehensive rediscovery of his operate in the 19th century, Bach was understood practically specifically through his music for the keyboard, in particular his extremely prominent Well-Tempered Clavier, which were frequently assigned as part of artists’ training. Authors and entertainers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Camille Saint-Saëns first showed off their abilities as child prodigies playing the whole cycle of Bach’s forty-eight Preludes and Fugues.
Bach was a prodigious skill at the keyboard, well known during his life time for both his technical and improvisational capabilities. A lot of Bach’s keyboard works started as improvisations. Bach composed extensively for the harpsichord, producing numerous inventions, suites, fugues, partitas, overtures, in addition to keyboard plans of concerto music by his contemporaries. The fortepiano is an instrument Bach would have experienced when, by the end of his life when it was just recently created, while visiting his child in Potsdam. The go to led to Das Musikalische Opfer, parts of which might have been planned for the brand-new instrument.
|Composer:||Bach, Johann Sebastian|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||BWV 912 ; BC L143|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IJB 630|
|Movements/Sections:||[No tempo] – 278 bars|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1710?|