The renowned Bach-Gesellschaft, founded in 1850 to collect, edit, and publish all the known works of J. S. Bach, devoted fifty years to its monumental task. It succeeded so well in tracking down Bach's heritage, establishing authenticity, and transcribing accurate texts that it still remains the primary source for Bach's music., Unfortunately, it has always been a fantastically expensive publication, accessible only in the largest libraries.
This volume reprints in full, directly from the Bach-Gesellschaft volumes, important keyboard music. It contains the full texts of the Six English Suites, the Six French Suites, Six Partitas from the Clavierübung, the Goldberg Variations, and the Two- and Three-Part Inventions and Sinfonias,
The music has been reproduced in large, clear type, directly from the original editions, for maximum clarity. Designed as a playing edition, it will be a necessary book to every performer on the harpsichord or piano, every music student and musicologist, as well as to serious music listeners.
This informed assessment of the genius of Bach's works can be applied with greatest accuracy to The Well-Tempered Clavier. This highly influential work is monumental in the history of Western music. It represents not only the culmination of Bach's own maturation process, but also the galvanization of the emerging style and structure of modern keyboard music.
The grace and fecundity of The Well-Tempered Clavier have thrilled audiences, musicians, and composers for centuries. Mozart, when rapidly advancing to the height of his mastery, had but to read a manuscript copy of The Well-Tempered Clavier and his style developed a new polyphonic richness and depth of harmony. Beethoven studied all the accessible works of Bach profoundly (including The Well-Tempered Clavier) and frequently quoted them in his sketchbooks, often with direct bearing on his own works. Chopin is nowhere more characteristic than when he shows his love of The Well-Tempered Clavier in his Etudes and Preludes. It was Schumann who, in a series of maxims for young musicians, said "Make The Well-Tempered Clavier your daily bread."
This remarkable volume contains all 48 preludes and fugues, from Books I and II, in all major keys, reproduced directly from the authoritative Bach-Gesellschaft edition. The fine engraving is beautiful, clear, and easy to read. These elegant pieces, which vary in difficulty, are available complete in one low-cost, convenient Dover edition.
Aria from the ‘‘Magnificat’’ by Johann Sebastian Bach. Voice and Piano. Soprano. Latin. Intermediate. MCL680
Kalmus Editions are primarily reprints of Urtext Editions, reasonably priced and readily available. They are a must for students, teachers, and performers.
* 1 ��� Chorus
* 2 ��� Recitative (Tenor)
* 3 ��� Duet
* 4 ��� Chorale
* 5 ��� Recitative (Bass)
* 6 ��� Duet
* 7 ��� Chorale
* 3 Keyboard Pieces in Suite-Form
* Adagio in G Major
* Fantasie in A Minor
* Fantasie in C Minor
* Fantasie in G Minor
* Fugue in A Major
* Fugue in B Minor
* Fugue in D Minor
* Overture in F Major
* Prelude and Fugue in B Minor
* Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major
* Prelude and Fugue on the Name "BACH"
* Suite in E Minor
* Suite in F Minor (Fragment)
* Variation in A Minor for Keyboard (Aria variata alla maniera Italiana)
The Goldberg Variations date from 1742 and were named after Bach's pupil Johann Gottlieb Goldberg who was a chamber musician to one Count Keyserling. The count suffered from insomnia and had Goldber relax him with music to fall asleep. Goldberb commissioned the Aria with 30 Variations from Bach. Thus we owe this most magnificant of variation-works to an arisotract's physical failing.
Although the St. Matthew Passion is often held to be the apotheosis of Lutheran church music, this magnificent oratorio reaches out to its audience in the language, form, and spirit of opera. Richly dramatic and theatrical, following the general form of Baroque opera, it unfolds its deeply moving story in recitatives, ariosos, arias, chorales, and mighty choral movements. This finely produced score offers music lovers the opportunity — at a price far lower than comparable editions — to follow performances score in hand, and to gain a more intimate knowledge of the rich musical textures of this great masterwork.