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Bach, J.S. : Invention 3, BWV 774 -- Urtext
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Bach : Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801

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Invention 3, BWV 774 -- Urtext

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

A quiet Baroque two-part invention by Bach!   

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Includes : One solo score (3 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 8/12

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Program Notes on Invention 3, BWV 774 -- Urtext by Bach, J.S. :

Please note that this score contains suggestions for playing the ornaments in accordance with Baroque performance practice :
  • Mordents (measures 3 and 45) are played very quickly, with a incisive character
  • Trills (measures 4, 11, 22, etc.) are played ON the beat and begin on the upper auxiliary note
  • Appoggiaturas (measures 4 and 46) are played ON the beat and take up one half of the main note's value
  • Turns (measures 11, 39, 40 and 53) begin on the note above the principal note, and are played quite rapidly
Moreover, the editor suggests adding cadential trills to measures 11, 37, 53 and 58. Although not mentioned in the manuscript, cadential trills are required in Baroque music.

Furthermore, the value of the dot should be lengthened in a cadential trill, thus making the sixteenth note become a thirty-second note.

Sources :

Johann Sebastian Bach, Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801 (1723)
An earlier version exists in the Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach [Little Clavier Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach] (1720)

Associated collections :

Baroque Sheet Music for Piano (Grade 8)     Little Clavier Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach    

Sheet music details :


(Two-Part Invention No. 3 in D Major - Inventio 3)
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Opus/catalog numberBWV 774
MovementsInventio Composition/First publicationComposed ca 1720, revised 1723
InstrumentationPiano StyleBaroque (1600-1750)
KeyD Major Duration01:16
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 8/12

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