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I agree with Max. Listen and listen. I especially appreciated his reference to Shoenberg and Webern. When first introduced to them in college, I almost walked out of the room. Having professor who studied with Varesse (xcuse sp if wrong) certainly helped. It took a while for me to appreciate this 'new' type of music. Ironically, both these composers were ...


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It may just be different metrics. Bach is a master of giving self-sufficient parts to each instrument while maintaining a harmonic framework and keeping much more rules of composing practice than he breaks. Now a self-sufficient part means melodic material, and melodic material is at its heart composed of scales. So what you hear is, indeed, just ...


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The common domestic keyboard instruments in Bach's time were the harpsichord and clavichord. The piano was a new invention in Bach's lifetime, but (1) he wasn't very impressed by the ones that he tried, and (2) early pianos sound very different from modern ones anyway. The harpsichord was usually preferred for absolute beginners, since it encouraged ...


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I am not sure that trying to be totally authentic is most approriate for pieces from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, which Bach collected (some he wrote, and some he thought were worth collecting) for educational purposes, but if you do want to be authentic, I suspect that you maybe ought to play this piece and the others from the Notebook on a clavichord, as ...


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I would say harpischord, since most of Bach's works preceded the piano. Not exactly preceded, but piano wasn't really famous till Bach was really old. Most of his works are being played in Organ or Harpischord when they are trying to imitate that sound.


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The three most important things in good organ playing are articulation, articulation, and articulation. It's almost the only tool that you have to define rhythm, accent, and phrasing. Of course well-known pieces like BWV565 accumulate "performance traditions" the same way that ships accumulate barnacles, so let's look at what Bach actually wrote: ...


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There are many preconceptions about switching from piano to harpsichord, as many people assume, since the keyboard is similar, that the techniques associated with piano are transferable. It is possible for pianists to thrash out pieces on the harpsichord, but it's a huge mistake to assume that piano playing and harpsichord playing are the same thing. An ...



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