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Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? #2798942
01/06/19 01:47 AM
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Hey everyone!

All the Prelude and Fugue pieces written by Bach are masterpieces. My favorite currently to listen to is No. 21 in B flat major WTC 1! I have not listened to all of them and especially not too much into WTC book 2 but I'm working on it.

What are your favorites? (To play and to listen but maybe that goes hand-in-hand?)

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Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: Alpacacino] #2799055
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I've just started working on the F# minor no.14 Bk1.
The prelude is nice and easy and rewarding to play but the fugue is proving quite hard for me - I'm advancing about one bar every 2 days at the moment! But I love the challenge and nothing is more satisfying than going from "fingers tied in complete knots and barely a correct accidental" at the start, to being about to knock out a fugue at tempo a number of weeks later!

Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: Brahms4] #2799068
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Originally Posted by Brahms4
I've just started working on the F# minor no.14 Bk1.
The prelude is nice and easy and rewarding to play but the fugue is proving quite hard for me - I'm advancing about one bar every 2 days at the moment!
To me, this suggest this piece is too difficult for you at this time or you have not done enough easier Bach before starting on this piece. If the fingering is a problem, my suggestion would be to find a good fingered edition, i.e. one where the fingering generally works for you.

Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: Alpacacino] #2799069
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I've only worked on first book WTC so far to the third prelude and fugue in C# major. The fugue for me was really tough and still is very challenging. But it's helped me a lot technically. Along with still working learning on Inventions.
I wish there were more time in the day. So much to work on.
Also, concerning fingering. When I first tried learning Bach years ago, I found it very frustrating and gave up.
Now I put fingering on every note and found for me it helped me very much. It's just so easy to run out of fingers for this type music and once you do it, if you put down the piece and come back to it later the fingering is there for you.

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Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: pianoloverus] #2799073
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by Brahms4
I've just started working on the F# minor no.14 Bk1.
The prelude is nice and easy and rewarding to play but the fugue is proving quite hard for me - I'm advancing about one bar every 2 days at the moment!
To me, this suggest this piece is too difficult for you at this time or you have not done enough easier Bach before starting on this piece. If the fingering is a problem, my suggestion would be to find a good fingered edition, i.e. one where the fingering generally works for you.


No I don't think it's too hard and I've done plenty of Bach smile! My main problem is lack of time, and interruptions from my kids barging into the room all the time! This is my preferred way to practice fugues - I take one bar at a time and practice it slowly until I'm happy that I can remember it, then I go back to the beginning, or at least to an earlier spot in the piece, and play once or twice up to that point. I have been working at this fugue for about 2 weeks now and I have not even begun to play the second page, so I have no idea even how hard it is going to be, but I'm certain I'll get there (eventually...!) I'm using the ABRSM edition and the fingerings are fine. My brain is just a bit slow in remembering them!

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Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: Alpacacino] #2799092
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So many masterpieces among the WTC and always finding new things among pieces I known for years (a true indication of greatness in music) makes it impossible to select a favorite. That said, I find them a great selection to sight read. Book II being more difficult than Book I. I'm not trying to master them as I leave that up to much more gifted and talented musicians with whom I have countless recordings. But it's highly enjoyable to sit down and read through them page after page and it has helped my sight reading ability substantially.

Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: Alpacacino] #2799120
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Hi, Alpacacino! I don't have a no-doubt-about-it favorite, but some I especially like are:

Book I
C# minor
E Flat Major
F# Major
G Minor
A Major
B Flat Minor

Book II
E Major
F Minor
F# Minor
G Minor
B Major

Re: Favorite Bach Prelude and Fugue? [Re: Alpacacino] #2799894
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