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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I and II, Complete (Dover Music for Piano) Paperback – January 1, 1984
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This informed assessment of the genius of Bach's works can be applied with greatest accuracy to The Well-Tempered Clavier. This highly influential work is monumental in the history of Western music. It represents not only the culmination of Bach's own maturation process, but also the galvanization of the emerging style and structure of modern keyboard music.
The grace and fecundity of The Well-Tempered Clavier have thrilled audiences, musicians, and composers for centuries. Mozart, when rapidly advancing to the height of his mastery, had but to read a manuscript copy of The Well-Tempered Clavier and his style developed a new polyphonic richness and depth of harmony. Beethoven studied all the accessible works of Bach profoundly (including The Well-Tempered Clavier) and frequently quoted them in his sketchbooks, often with direct bearing on his own works. Chopin is nowhere more characteristic than when he shows his love of The Well-Tempered Clavier in his Etudes and Preludes. It was Schumann who, in a series of maxims for young musicians, said "Make The Well-Tempered Clavier your daily bread."
This remarkable volume contains all 48 preludes and fugues, from Books I and II, in all major keys, reproduced directly from the authoritative Bach-Gesellschaft edition. The fine engraving is beautiful, clear, and easy to read. These elegant pieces, which vary in difficulty, are available complete in one low-cost, convenient Dover edition.
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My favorite is Prelude 22 from Book II (pp. 186-187), in B-flat Minor. I had a mild obsession with this Prelude and Fugue before I bought this book (it's the reason I bought the book to begin with), and I'll fully admit that the fugue is beyond my abilities. Like, leaps and bounds beyond. However, I've learned the Prelude well enough to entertain myself and to drive my housemates crazy with playing it over and over. Somehow, Bach's work is complex enough to never quite stick for me, so it's a new battle every time I start the piece again. A lovely way to spend an hour or afternoon, in other words.
The book is nice quality. I have to prop it open to the page I want (yes, usually 186-187), because I don't like breaking book spines, but it should break well if someone else has fewer qualms about that sort of thing.
I found uneven print quality (some notes were very faded,a s if they'd somehow been smudged), and even worse, found some situations where the notes are smashed too close together, presumably in order to minimize the number of pages printed. This had the effect of making some individual notes look like chords! Very poor quality.
I have not given it one star as I haven't found any actual errors in the notes.
I cannot speak to its faithfulness to original manuscripts, etc... But I like it very much. Great value.
Also, if you like fingering notes to help you play, this book does not have those.