Archive for October, 2004

Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750

The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I and II)
48 Preludes and Fugues
48 Jewels

“The two Books of The Well-tempered Clavier of J. S. Bach, commonly known in English as The 48 Preludes and Fugues, are at the centre of European civilisation, and are the beloved property of generations of people all over the world. If all of western art music were to be lost and only one work survive, this would be the first choice of many. The achievement of the music at an intellectual level alone puts Bach among the leading intellects of European history. Yet his ability to explore and develop musical materials is fully matched by the scope and power with which he explores moods, emotions and characters, and this is what has made his music so beloved by so many. His own contemporaries remarked how, in spite of the formidable complexity, his mastery of ordering materials and of the arts of rhetoric was such that he could reach out and touch the hearts even of those with no special knowledge of musical techniques. (more…)