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J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XXIV in b minor, II

  All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member    

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XXIII in B Major, II

All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member      

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XXI in b-flat minor, II

  All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XXI in Bb Major, II

  All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member    

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XX in a minor, II

I will finish recording the last two Preludes & Fugues of Book II this weekend and will roll out the remaining release in this first social-media-shared Well-Tempered Clavier. It’s been a journey, and as I’m continuing my series of lectures on each of the 96 component pieces of the WTC, having just turned in Episodes…

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XIX in A Major, II

  All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member  

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XVIII in g# minor, II

This Prelude is the only one of the 48 to have dynamic markings, a presumed poco forte opening modified perspectively by a piano dynamic (echo? solo vs. tutti?). The keening melodic half-steps are noted by slurs more tactile and clung than modern legato. The Fugue I have found the most challenging of all the 48…

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XVII in Ab Major

The Prelude begins with a Concerto movement feeling, and its binary form, rare in Book One but generously invoked in Book Two presents an opportunity for embellishment and improvisation. I recorded both of the Ab’s over the course of three days, the two Preludes on the first day. The Fugues took each a full day…

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XVI in g minor, II

The tragedy and majesty of the g minor Prelude immediately asserts itself. I shape the voices and distinguish them by use of connectivity and discontinuity, the tympanum of the dotted notes riding a spectrum from militaristic to ultra-lyric. The admonishment of repeated notes that make up the 2nd half of the Fugue’s subject is leavened…

My immersion in the literature of The Well-Tempered Clavier

I’ve interrupted my Yukio Mishima binge for good reason. Steeped as I am in the Well-Tempered Clavier, I’ve come to know some of essential contemporary texts on Bach’s process, his reaction and interaction with the cultural trends of his time, and specific analysis devoted to the WTC. Laurence Dreyfus’ excellent Bach And The Patterns Of…

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