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#1818388 - 01/04/12 12:49 PM Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1  
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For those who have played Bach - Prelude in C WTC.1
For me it feels not so comfortable to play with the finger staging Bach noted. Instead of playing it the way he noted how the finger's should be placed i preefer to set the hands this way on the keyboard:
Instead of (Left: CE and Right: GCE) I preefer to play Left: CEG Right: CE
It feels more comfortable, my fingers get a wider range and when hitting the notes there are much more clearlity and it's more precisely.
Is there anyone who has played the piece that way ever?

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#1818560 - 01/04/12 05:37 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


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Here, as opposed to there
Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


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#1819364 - 01/05/12 09:54 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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In proper execution and understanding of this prelude, I suggest you play it the traditional way, with the left hand on the CE, right hand on GCE. The first two notes have longer values, indicating they should be held for the entire length of the motif. The second part of the motif echoes the first part, the GCE is what is echoed, indicating this broken chord is a kind of micro-phrase, and CE is harmony. In order to properly shape this micro-phrase, you're probably going to need the sensitivity of just one hand.

I can play all the notes with only one hand, but it does not mean I should.


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#1819445 - 01/06/12 12:21 AM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: dolce sfogato]  
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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


The distribution of the notes between the staves implies a fingering. (IMHO)


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#1819507 - 01/06/12 04:16 AM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Kreisler]  
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Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


The distribution of the notes between the staves implies a fingering. (IMHO)


If you view some of the very earliest copies you'll find all but the very bottom are given to the upper.



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#1819589 - 01/06/12 09:37 AM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: stores]  
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Originally Posted by stores
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Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


The distribution of the notes between the staves implies a fingering. (IMHO)


If you view some of the very earliest copies you'll find all but the very bottom are given to the upper.


Oh wow... Really? I'd love to see that!

#1819611 - 01/06/12 10:45 AM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Interesting! I had no idea!


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#1819655 - 01/06/12 12:06 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Originally Posted by stores
Originally Posted by Kreisler
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Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


The distribution of the notes between the staves implies a fingering. (IMHO)


If you view some of the very earliest copies you'll find all but the very bottom are given to the upper.


Oh wow... Really? I'd love to see that!


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#1819663 - 01/06/12 12:23 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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That is so cool!!! Thanks for finding that!

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Originally Posted by beet31425
[...] Behold the power of the internet! (And stores was right.) [...]


Of course! laugh

Thanks for finding that, Jason!


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#1819677 - 01/06/12 12:49 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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I'm using this one to begin getting used to playing without left pedal. Just nice 'n easy, getting a feel for the keys.

#1819682 - 01/06/12 12:58 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: beet31425]  
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Originally Posted by beet31425
Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Originally Posted by stores
Originally Posted by Kreisler
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Bach schrieb niemals einen Fingersatz


The distribution of the notes between the staves implies a fingering. (IMHO)


If you view some of the very earliest copies you'll find all but the very bottom are given to the upper.


Oh wow... Really? I'd love to see that!


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Yes, but on the other hand - so to speak - the second note, though written in the treble staff does have the stem pointing downward. Might - only might - this not imply the left hand?

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#1819688 - 01/06/12 01:18 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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But later on, when the second note falls into the bass clef, the stems are written up. So it looks to me like the stems are there either to separate voices, or to make the different note values easier to read, and don't necessarily have anything to do with hands.


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#1819834 - 01/06/12 06:12 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: beet31425]  
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Here, as opposed to there
Originally Posted by beet31425
(And stores was right.)



Of course! =p



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Originally Posted by stores
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(And stores was right.)



Of course! =p


The only time he's been incorrect is when he said hockey and (American) football are better than basketball and association football (AKA soccer). wink

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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Originally Posted by stores
Originally Posted by beet31425
(And stores was right.)



Of course! =p


The only time he's been incorrect is when he said hockey and (American) football are better than basketball and association football (AKA soccer). wink


I'm sure he has been incorrect a number of times but not about this score, hockey, or football.

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I think the manuscript supports Jolteon's thesis.


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What is the clef supposed to be in the right hand stave? Or was the treble clef changed at some point in history?


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Tenor clef.
edit - no it isn't. I don't know.
Soprano clef, I think.

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#1820216 - 01/07/12 10:29 AM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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I am surprised at the surprise with the manuscript. Am I the only one who has it printed this way by a publisher? I was surprised the first time I saw the first two notes in the bass clef.

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why is this prelude always played so slowly? I can understand if you're playing accompaniment for Ave Maria, but the tempo marking is allegro. Don't most of the preludes have a fast tempo anyway?

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Henle Urtext edition has no tempo marking.

Curiously, the AMB urtext shows the second note in the treble clef while the WTC urtext shows it in the bass clef. So it appears that each way has an authentic tradition behind it.

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#1820265 - 01/07/12 12:23 PM Re: Bach - Prelude in C Major WTC.1 [Re: boo1234]  
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Originally Posted by boo1234
why is this prelude always played so slowly? I can understand if you're playing accompaniment for Ave Maria, but the tempo marking is allegro. Don't most of the preludes have a fast tempo anyway?


Bach vary rarely (to my knowledge) put tempo markings on his keyboard works. One exception that comes to mind, among others, occurs in the Prelude in C minor from Book I of the WTC where, at measure 28 there is a Presto indication; at measure 34 there is an Adagio indication followed by an Allegro indication 35. None of the Preludes and Fugues from the WTC has an overall tempo indication at the beginning of the piece. The Allegro marking you speak of is obviously an editor's suggestion. Look at the manuscript in beet's post; there is no Allegro marking.

One reason that the tempos of Bach's Preludes and Fugues vary so much from performer to performer is based on the very fact that there are no tempo indications.

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not so. it can be played fast or slow, depending on what mood you want to make. i once saw an older pianist playing it really fast (no pedal), making it furious sound.

i play it faster, but not that fast.

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Originally Posted by boo1234
why is this prelude always played so slowly? I can understand if you're playing accompaniment for Ave Maria, but the tempo marking is allegro. Don't most of the preludes have a fast tempo anyway?


Allegro? Where in the world did you see that? The tempo should be based on the character of the work.



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Originally Posted by BruceD
Bach vary rarely (to my knowledge) put tempo markings on his keyboard works. One exception that comes to mind, among others, occurs in the Prelude in C minor from Book I of the WTC...

The other exception from WTC (the only other one as far as I know) is the final pair from Book I: the prelude gets an Andante and the fugue gets a Largo. Neither of which stopped Gould from playing them (beautifully) at a ridiculously fast tempo.

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Originally Posted by beet31425
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Bach vary rarely (to my knowledge) put tempo markings on his keyboard works. One exception that comes to mind, among others, occurs in the Prelude in C minor from Book I of the WTC...

The other exception from WTC (the only other one as far as I know) is the final pair from Book I: the prelude gets an Andante and the fugue gets a Largo. Neither of which stopped Gould from playing them (beautifully) at a ridiculously fast tempo.
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... and in the Peters edition, Prelude XVI, Bk II, is marked Largo; presumably this is Urtext, as this is the only Prelude with a tempo indication in Bk II of this edition.

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