HIGH DEFINITION PIANO ANTHOLOGY

Little preludes from “Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach”


Little preludes from “Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach”
[Little preludes from the “Little Clavier Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach”]

 

01. Præambulum BWV 924 in C Maj. (n. 02 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
02. Præludium BWV 926 in D Min. (n. 04 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
03. Præambulum BWV 927 in F Maj. (n. 08 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
  (probably composed by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach with his father’s help)
04. Præambulum BWV 930 in G Min. (n. 09 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
05. Præludium BWV 928 in F Maj. (n. 10 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
06. Præludium BWV 925 in D Maj. (n. 27 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
  (probably composed by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach with his father’s help)
 
The following small pieces from the same work are included in the recordings:
     
07. Præludium BWV 924a in C Maj. (n. 26 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
  (probably composed by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach)
08. Præludium BWV 931 in A Min. (n. 29 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
  (probably composed by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach)
09. Menuet di Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel + Menuet Trio (n. 48 in the Clavier-Büchlein)
  BWV 929 in G Min.  
  (Trio composed by J.S. Bach for the minuet from the
  “Partita di Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel” found in the collection)

 

This book of handwritten pieces, begun in 1720 in Cöthen is one of the most important legacies of Bach’s work, many of which have then been revised and refined by J.S. Bach for inclusion with other works, testifying to the importance the composer attached to these compositions right from their very first draft.

The technical and musical level of these compositions varies, but there are no very easy pieces in this work, unlike some which can be found in the “Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach” [Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach].

However, not all the pieces were composed by Johann Sebastian, though common sense dictates that he no doubt supervised all of the original compositions found here.

 

To see the original manuscript:

 

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

"Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach"


                                                                                                          Tullio Forlenza