Bach - The Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 & 2 (recording of the Century : Sviatoslav Richter)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847
Tonic Chord May 5, Bars Period I. C minor, at Bar 4 it moves by degrees away from the original key to its relative Major, E flat Major, by Bar Ends in the Relative Major. Tonic Pedal at Bars
The young prince only twenty-three years old in was a viola da gamba player of great skill and had an eighteen-piece orchestra of excellent caliber. Only a few cantatas were composed to celebrate royal birthdays and special occasions. He was now expected to produce secular instrumental music, and he did so, as was his custom, with great energy and all his heart and soul. Bach and the prince became close friends, and he often accompanied the prince on his journeys. Upon returning from a trip to Karlsbad in , Bach was confounded by the news that his wife, Maria Barbara, had died and was already buried.
Sokolov - Bach: well-tempered clavier, book 1 (BWV 846 - 853)
It is the second prelude and fugue in the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier , a series of 48 preludes and fugues by the composer. The prelude is 38 bars long, and consists mostly of a repeating motif. The motif consists of running sixteenth notes in the form of broken chords in both hands. Below are the first four bars of the prelude:. The prelude continues like so for 33 bars, with different harmony and changes of key. The coda begins at the 34th bar, where a sudden change of texture and tempo occurs. In the first bar of the coda, an arpeggiated chord is followed by a rapid succession of thirty-second notes.