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Musical Snack #4: "Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major, WTC" J.S. Bach performed by Bruce Murray

J.S.Bach "Prelude and Fugue in F Sharp major, WTC" Program Notes

J.S. Bach's "Das Wohltemperierte Clavier" ("The Well-Tempered Clavier" or WTC) was a bit of a stunt, an in-your-face gesture to other musicians. He liked it so much that he did it twice. In each of two "books" of the WTC Bach wrote a prelude and a fugue in every major and minor key: 12 major keys plus 12 minor keys making 24 keys and 48 pieces in each book, or 96 pieces total. In Bach's time all keys were not created equal. (Don't ask; read up on "temperament" for details.) Bach set out to prove that one could write successfully in any key, even in distant, exotic keys like F sharp major that other composers avoided. The result was so successful that some hold up the WTC as Bach's greatest work. The Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major from Book I is one of the smallest but prettiest entries. (By the way, pianists, I execute the trill in the Fugue in the manner prescribed by Busoni, because it allows you to play the trill in more occurrences of the subject than is possible otherwise.)

 

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