Johann Sebastian Bach:
The Well-Tempered Clavier
 


 
Das wohltemperirte Clavier (1722-1723)

 
Bach, WTC 1



Bach, WTC 2
   
Bach, WTC, cover

Preludes and Fugues Book One
The Well-Tempered Clavier I. BWV 846-869 [Deutsche Staatsbibliothek,
 Berlin, mus. ms. aut. P. 415]

Preludes and Fugues Book Two
The Well-Tempered Clavier II. BWV 870-893 [British Library, Add. MS 35021]


Allans Publishing Pty. Melbourne, 1986
2 vols,  I: 153 + 90 pp; II: 170 + 87 pp.
Together with modern edition, historical introduction and analysis by Warren Thompson. Softbound.

Book One:  $47
Book Two:  $47



Halftone reproduction of the surviving autograph manuscripts. Book One is a “working copy”, believed to have been copied during Bach’s last year in Cöthen; Book Two is a fair copy containing 21 of the 24 preludes and fugues (all the music is in the hand of the composer with the exception of the preludes and fugues in C minor, D minor, E major and G major and part of the F major prelude which are in the hand of Anna Magdalena Bach). The two books together represent a culmination of 20 years of development and maturation. Although endeavors by masters based on similar musical designs exist, Bach's work surpasses them all in logic, format and quality.
 

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