Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, BWV 846-869 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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for the individual preludes and fugues. For the later set of 24 preludes and fugues, see: Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, BWV 870-893.

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Performer Pages Martha Goldstein (harpsichord)
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The harpsichord is copied from a one manual instrument built by Hans Moerman in Antwerp (1584). It was restored by Frank Hubbard in Boston (1963). The working plans of the instrument used are due to Lutz Bungart of the Instrument workshop. It was built in the the early seventies by Al Goldstein when he was the partner of Lutz. The instrument has 2 manuals in the usual dispostion of 8x8x4.
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Performer Pages Raymond Smullyan (piano)
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Copyist The Composer, Mueller (?)
Anna Magdalena Bach (1701–1760)
Johann Friedrich Agricola (1720–1774)
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710–1784)
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Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1733-40).
D B Mus. ms. Bach P 202 (Berlin, Staatsbibliothek)
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Copyist Peter August (1726-1787)
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1760-87).
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Editor Carl Czerny (1791–1857)
Friedrich August Roitzsch (1805–1889)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.[1863]. Plate 2635.
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Editor Franz Kroll (1820–1877)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 14
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1866. Plate B.W. XIV.
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Editor Carl Czerny (1791–1857)
Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, 1893. Plate 11015.
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Editor Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924)
Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, 1894. Plate 11660
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Misc. Notes Busoni cat. no. BV B 25, part 1. File obtained from www.waltercosand.com. Text in English. Supplement includes essay "On the Transcription of Bach's Organ Works for the Pianoforte", p.154–190
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Editor Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924)
Publisher. Info. New York / Leipzig: G. Schirmer / Breitkopf & Härtel, 1894. Plate 27451.
Reprinted Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1916. Edition E.B. 4301
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Misc. Notes Busoni cat. no. BV B 25, part 1. Text in German
Anhang includes essay "Von der Übertragung Bach'scher Orgelwerke auf das Pianoforte", pp.154–94
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Edition Peters, n.d.[1937]
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Editor Hans Bischoff (1852-1889)
Publisher. Info. Moscow: Muzgiz, 1963. Plate M. 28160 Г.
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Editor Alfred Kreutz (1898-1960)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Edition Peters, 1963. Plate E.P. 11969.
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Editor Bruno Mugellini (1871–1912)
Publisher. Info. Warsaw: PWM, (1964)
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Editor Bruno Mugellini (1871–1912)
Publisher. Info. Moscow: Muzyka, n.d. (ca.1965)
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Copyist Hermann Kretzschmar (1848–1924)
Publisher. Info. Autograph manuscript, n.d.
Reprinted Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 44
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1895. Plate B.W. XLIV.
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Editor Alfred Dörffel (1821–1905)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 45.1 (pp.235–42)
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1897. Plate B.W. XLV(1).
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Misc. Notes 1. from Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach (No.28)
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Arranger Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Publisher. Info. Paris: Maurice Senart, 1914. Plates M. S. & Cie. 3437, 3438.
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Arranger Henri Bertini (1798-1876)
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Arranger Friedrich Hermann (1828–1907)
Publisher. Info. London: Augener, n.d.(ca.1905). Plate 12910.
Reprinted London: Merton Music, No.2305 (Nos.1–10), 2306 (Nos.11–12), n.d.(1996-2010).
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Editor Max Reger (1873 - 1916)
Publisher. Info. Ausgewählte Klavierwerke, für die Orgel bearbeitet von Max Reger, Bd.1
Leipzig: Joseph Aibl, 1902. Plates 3032, 3031, 3025.
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Work Title Das wohltemperierte Klavier I (The Well-Tempered Clavier)
Alternative. Title Praeludia und Fugen durch alle Tone und Semitonia (Preludes and Fugues through all tones and semitones)
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 846–869
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 24 Preludes and Fugues:
1. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846
(alternative version: BWV 846a)
2. Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847
(alternative version: BWV 847a)
3. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major, BWV 848
4. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849
5. Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 850
(alternative version: BWV 850a)
6. Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 851
(alternative version: BWV 851a)
7. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 852
8. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853 (the Fugue is in D minor)
9. Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 854
10. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 855
(alternative version: BWV 855a)
11. Prelude and Fugue in F major, BWV 856
12. Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 857
13. Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp major, BWV 858
14. Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 859
15. Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 860
16. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 861
17. Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major, BWV 862
18. Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 863
19. Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 864
20. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 865
21. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 866
22. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867
23. Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 868
24. Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 869
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1722
First Publication. 1801
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation clavier
External Links Wikipedia article
Wohltemperierte Klavier - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

  • Title of first English edition: "The Well-Tempered Clavier, or Preludes and Fugues through all tones and semitones, relating to the major third, that is, Ut Re Mi, as well as those related to the minor third, that is, Re Mi Fa. Compiled and prepared for the benefit and practice of young musicians desirous of learning, as well as for the entertainment of those already versed in this particular study, by Johann Sebastian Bach, Anno 1722"