Johann Sebastian BACH, 1685-1750
Faksimile nach der im Besitz der Preußischen Staatsbibliothek
in Berlin befindlichen Urschrift
& sinfonias, keyboard, BWV 772-801]
Leipzig, . Oblong, 24 x 19 cm, 62, ii pp. Superb collotype reproduction of mus. ms. Bach P. 610, Bach’s carefully executed “Reinschrift”. Composed in 1723 as a collection of pieces for the musical education of young pupils, Bach's preface clearly lays out his aim:
Instruction, in which amateurs of the keyboard, and especially the eager ones, are shown a clear way not only (1) of learning to play cleanly in two voices, but also, after further progress, (2) of dealing correctly and satisfactorily with three obbligato parts; at the same time not only getting good inventiones, but developing the same satisfactorily, and above all arriving at a cantabile manner in playing, all the while acquiring a strong foretaste of composition”.