Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bach Invention #11

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a series of compositional studies and exercises in technique for his students between 1685-1750.  15 of them are 2-part contrapuntal pieces and the other 15 are 3-part contrapuntal pieces.  Counterpoint (contrapuntal) is a style of writing where two or more rhythmically varied yet harmonically symbiotic voices interact to form the composition. 

J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias (BVW 772-801) are often the early pivotal points for young budding classical pianists.  Unfortunately for me, I had neither the focus or dedication to adequately take them on in my youth.  Now, I have returned to Bach's music as an exercise in pianist fluidity and tone control.  I hope you enjoy my novice attempt at performing his music.  I do not claim to be an expert on the music.  Although, it appears to be helping my improvising significantly and I feel more confident in my classical technique after each piece I perform. 

I hope you enjoy this performance.  Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message!
Eleven down, four to go. I'm well on my way with #12 as well. I chose to go with the no trill Glenn Gould version of this tune. I couldn't quite get it up to his tempo though!

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