Johann Sebastian BACH, 1685-1750

Inventionen und Sinfonien
Faksimile nach der im Besitz der Preußischen Staatsbibliothek
in Berlin befindlichen Urschrift

  [Inventions & sinfonias, keyboard, BWV 772-801]

Bach, Inventions & Sinfonia

Leipzig, [1942]. 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:

Straightforward 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”.

  Bach, Inventions & Sinfonia, cover
The first-time facsimile publication of the Inventions—along with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Schubert's Goethe Lieder and Mozart's Briefe—is extraordinary coming from the war years. A large portion of this particular facsimile was presented as a gift to musicians and music lovers by the Reichsmusikkammer, a Nazi organization and musicians' guild created to extol the virtues of "good" German music. Richard Strauss was its president 1933-34 until he ran afoul of the Gestapo. Afterword by Georg Schünemann. Wrappers in laid paper.

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