Prelude 21

Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Composer Players Instrument Notation Period
Bach, J.S. (1685-1750) solo guitar standard Baroque

The alternating assortment of arpeggios and scales shows this prelude's similarity to lute preludes of the time whose purpose was, in part, to check the instrument's tuning before playing the rest of a suite. The tempo should be brisk but need not be as fast as you hear on piano recordings by players who seem to think that it was written by Franz Liszt. I have made some changes to the barring and doubled the note durations to make the score easier to read. These changes have no effect on the sound. As fun as this piece is to play, it really does need to be followed by something more substantial - idealy a fugue in the same key. I am looking for an suitable companion piece. Let me know if you have any suggestions. [2 pages, 100KB].

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