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Favorite Bach Keyboard Work

Music composed between 1600 and 1750: Bach, Handel, etc.
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What is your favorite?

Toccatas
3
25%
Well-Tempered Clavier
2
17%
French Suites
1
8%
English Suites
0
No votes
Goldberg Variations
2
17%
Partitas
2
17%
The Art of Fugue
0
No votes
Italian Concerto
1
8%
Inventions/ Sinfonias
1
8%
 
Total votes : 12

Favorite Bach Keyboard Work

Postby Jeliness2 » 29 Jun 2006, 10:17

I was just wondering...
Out of these, which is your favorite on the whole?
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Postby lol_nl » 29 Jun 2006, 10:20

That's a hard question, because I'm not familiar with all of Bach's works. If I had to choose, I'd say the WTK. It's just brillant, everything a pianist needs is in there, it's like the Old Testament of piano. I also like the Goldberg variations very much, especially Gould's version.
I think I've never heard any Tocatta by Bach, and just small segments from his Paritas.
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Postby Goldberg » 29 Jun 2006, 10:38

It was between the French Suites and Toccatas..I chose the latter..
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Postby elvenpianist » 29 Jun 2006, 11:21

I chose the toccatas as well, although there are a number of other works not listed here for keyboard that I'm absolutely in love with. His transcriptions for keyboard, fantasies, french overture, caprices...

It's all good. 8)

In general though, I have a favorite range of BWV's- the ones in the 900's!

The toccatas are amazing- they're not his most developed works, tis true, but they're very compeling!

The Chromatic Fantasy as well (shame on you for leaving that out! ;))- definitely not the "monstrosity" Gould considered it, haha.
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Postby Philip Daniel » 07 Mar 2007, 20:31

You'd hardly believe this, but my favorite Bach piece, as of late, is the underperformed Fantasia in G minor, BWV 917. It's short (only two pages) but it contains some of Bach's most subtle and gorgeous counterpoint.
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