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JS Bach The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2


Historically, Bach's Well Tempered Clavier II is the last major expression of the Prelude and Fugue as a form Already in the 1740's, these pieces were seen as archaic. The Rococo, Pre-classical style, with its increased emphasis on homophonic writing (melody and accompaniment), was coming into fashion, and Bach's intensely contrapuntal approach to composition was seen as no longer relevant to the musical times. With hindsight, it is possible to hear this second book as a kind of answer to that historical reality: while demonstrating the "learned" style of which Bach was the last and greatest master, these Preludes and Fugues also exhibit a range of emotion and mix of compositional styles that look forward to the nascent "Classical" style of Haydn and Mozart.


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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 11 September, 2007.

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