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My Personal Well-Tempered Model #2946147 02/12/20 08:43 PM
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I like pushing through Bach's 48 preludes and fugues (books 1 and 2) at the piano, over the years (not all at once in one sitting).

That's the joy of playing the piano: being able to have a go an ANY repertoire, really, preferably with no one listening in the background.

No qustion: I wouldn't want to hear myself playing them, recorded!


The following, therefore, is "MIDI to the rescue," so to speak: my "idealized" account of this music, albiet in the sonically dumbed-down and challenged version that Soundcloud allows.

Book 1: https://soundcloud.com/johnlgrant/sets/bach-well-tempered-clavier-bk

Book 2: https://soundcloud.com/johnlgrant/sets/bach-well-tempered-clavier

I post the lot now, because I'm more or less satisfied with the result.

An avowedly "romantic" interpretation, I admit. (Although not as romantic as some interpretations.)

Enjoy, if that's the right word.




J. S. Bach Well-tempered Clavier, complete preludes and fugues (with significant MIDI analysis):

https://soundcloud.com/johnlgrant



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Re: My Personal Well-Tempered Model [Re: johnlewisgrant] #2946647 02/14/20 03:52 AM
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I did not listen to the whole set, but from the few i did i would not use the term romantic. I actually find it to be at the opposite side of romantic. It reminds me more in spirit of some harpsichord versions, with some dynamic and pedal effects on top. I would say you emphasize often the contrapuntal and rythmic aspect of the pieces rather than their melodic content. I am thinking often of Hantai for some of the preludes, rather than Hewitt or Schiff.

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Originally Posted by Sidokar
I did not listen to the whole set, but from the few i did i would not use the term romantic. I actually find it to be at the opposite side of romantic. It reminds me more in spirit of some harpsichord versions, with some dynamic and pedal effects on top. I would say you emphasize often the contrapuntal and rythmic aspect of the pieces rather than their melodic content. I am thinking often of Hantai for some of the preludes, rather than Hewitt or Schiff.

Well that’s good to hear. I use quite a bit of rubato in the “big” fugues (eg b-, c#-, g#-, etc.), although rubato, in and of itself, isn’t the sine qua non of romanticism. To be honest, the whole business needs more work!


J. S. Bach Well-tempered Clavier, complete preludes and fugues (with significant MIDI analysis):

https://soundcloud.com/johnlgrant




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