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I have played most of Book one and wonder if anyone has any favorites from book 2 that I should try. I am totally unfamiliar with the 2nd book. It is new an exciting territory.

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I enjoy the C minor prelude and fugue, and the D minor has an easy prelude which sounds nice as well--nice dramatic opening.


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I recently studied and played the F minor prelude and Fugue. It is grade 8 level. I also really like the C# major (number 3) - very lovely. It is diploma level.

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B-flat minor, hands down. The baddest of the bunch!!

...in my humble opinion, of course... laugh


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C# minor and F# minor are the ones I find my fingers wandering towards on a regular basis.

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I have played the D minor in the past but I kinda like the A minor one a lot. Strangely familiar for some reason.


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My favourites are those in E major, Eb major, C minor and A minor. C, C# and D major are great too.

The E major fugue is the real killer for me though - absolutely transporting to play.


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Overall, I prefer book II to book I. Some of my favorites include:

C# minor -- melancholy prelude and a vigorous perpetuum mobile fugue.

D major -- joyous prelude and a stately fugue.

D minor -- flashy prelude and capricious fugue.

E major -- the beauty of repose.

E minor -- somewhat stern.

F minor -- reflective prelude and an effective fugue.

F# minor -- sighing prelude and a complex triple fugue.

Ab major -- oozes with warmth.

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I have played the D minor in the past but I kinda like the A minor one a lot. Strangely familiar for some reason.
Maybe because the fugue subject of the A minor is a classic subject type that is also used by (amongst others) Handel ("And with his stripes we are healed" from his Messiah) and Mozart (Kyrie from his Requiem).


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hmmmm.. I've never played the E major (book II).

I adore the F# minor.. perhaps my all time favorite.

I really enjoy playing the C# major prelude for other people. It's very theatrical.. the ending has so much aplomb.

I love the D major fugue and the G major prelude and fugue is delightfully joyful and pretty easy.


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I've played:

C major - Wonderful, polyphonic prelude. The fugue is a wonderful finger workout.

E-flat - Lovely lilting, prelude and a gorgeous 4-voice fugue.

F minor - Already mentioned a couple of times. Very interesting prelude, quite homophonic, very different. The fugue is just perfect.


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I am going to check out the f minor one this morning and read the E major. I have been playing so many pieces in C# minor lately I could stand playing something in a major key.

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This is very exciting. I played through the F minor and E major. They are wonderful. I am going to try the other suggestions as well before I choose one to focus on. Thanks for the suggestions.

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another vote for the e flat major.

it is absolutely sublime.. very reverential.. holy.


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D minor and A minor are my current favourites, particularly the prelude for A minor which is not technically difficult but which I think allows endless variations of interpretation.


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[b] I have played the D minor in the past but I kinda like the A minor one a lot. Strangely familiar for some reason.
Maybe because the fugue subject of the A minor is a classic subject type that is also used by (amongst others) Handel ("And with his stripes we are healed" from his Messiah) and Mozart (Kyrie from his Requiem). [/b]
Nice find! Yes it was the Mozart I recalled. Thank you for that, now I can sleep! whome


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