Unlike, say, Chopin's piano pieces, J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is not a cycle written to exploit the capabilities of 'a' particular instrument. Instead these pieces are a mind-bogging record of sheer human ingenuity: Striking as they may be, individually, taken as a whole they embody an unparalleled record of never-ending novelties...

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If not an even more striking novelty than the one before it, at the very least every piece makes you scratch your head as to how Bach could have yet come up with one more such wondrous a curiosity--Not merely as a complete conception, where each piece is concerned, but also in the case of almost every musical phrase after musical phrase throughout all the works in the assembly. And still there are pieces here which are beatiful beyond telling.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Copyright (P) 1997 Mr. S. D. Rodrian

Although any transcription of Bach's music is by definition in the Public Domain, these 'interpretations' ARE copyrighted as performances: This music may not be reproduced by any means without the expressed written permission of S. D. Rodrian... with the one exception that these MP3 files may be freely distributed through the WWW as long as they are not modified in any way:

J.S.Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book ONE: 24 Preludes & Fugues.

other MP3 versions of these files are also available at:
Bach_Well-Tempered_Clavier_BOOK_ONE

Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 846
Prelude and Fugue in cm BWV 847

Prelude and Fugue in C# BWV 848
Prelude and Fugue in c#m BWV 849
Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 850
Prelude and Fugue in dm BWV 851
Prelude and Fugue in Eb BWV 852
Prelude and Fugue in d#m BWV 853
Prelude and Fugue in E BWV 854
Prelude and Fugue in em BWV 855
Prelude and Fugue in F BWV 856
Prelude and Fugue in fm BWV 857
Prelude and Fugue in F# BWV 858
Prelude and Fugue in f#m BWV 859
Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 860
Prelude and Fugue in gm BWV 861
Prelude and Fugue in Ab BWV 862
Prelude and Fugue in g#m BWV 863
Prelude and Fugue in A BWV 864
Prelude and Fugue in am BWV 865
Prelude and Fugue in Bb BWV 866
Prelude and Fugue in bbm BWV 867
Prelude and Fugue in B BWV 868
Prelude and Fugue in bm BWV 869


J.S.Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book TWO: 24 Preludes & Fugues.

OTHER MP3 versions of these files are ALSO available at:
Bach_Well-Tempered_Clavier_BOOK_TWO

Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 870
Prelude and Fugue in cm BWV 871
Prelude and Fugue in C# BWV 872
Prelude and Fugue in c#m BWV 873
Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 874
Prelude and Fugue in dm BWV 875
Prelude and Fugue in Eb BWV 876
Prelude and Fugue in d#m BWV 877
Prelude and Fugue in E BWV 878
Prelude and Fugue in em BWV 879
Prelude and Fugue in F BWV 880
Prelude and Fugue in fm BWV 881
Prelude and Fugue in F# BWV 882
Prelude and Fugue in f#m BWV 883
Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 884
Prelude and Fugue in gm BWV 885

Prelude and Fugue in Ab BWV 886
Prelude and Fugue in g#m BWV 887
Prelude and Fugue in A BWV 888
Prelude and Fugue in am BWV 889
Prelude and Fugue in Bb BWV 890
Prelude and Fugue in bbm BWV 891
Prelude and Fugue in B BWV 892
Prelude and Fugue in bm BWV 893

I am making these files available now (rather than later) because I have reached a point of diminishing returns in their editing. That is, theoretically the pieces can always come closer still to the way I think they ought to be interpreted --but not by so much that it justifies my spending all that much more effort on it. Although it was fun while it lasted, it's time to work on something else now.


       All       Copyright (P) 1997      Mr. S. D. Rodrian      
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