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Bach, J.S. : Invention 4, BWV 775 -- Urtext
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Bach : Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801

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Invention 4, BWV 775 -- Urtext

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

A melodious invention with beautiful counterpoint!   

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Includes : One solo score (3 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 8/12

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Program Notes on Invention 4, BWV 775 -- Urtext by Bach, J.S. :

This 52-measure invention has the following musical form :
  • Mm. 1-4 : Main motive exposed by the right hand (in D minor)
  • Mm. 3-6 : Theme answered by the left hand (in the same key, D minor)
  • Mm. 5-17 : Theme re-exposed in the right hand and developed into a long phrase that ends with a cadence in F Major
  • Mm. 18-27 : The left hand plays a similar long phrase (again based on the main motive) ending in A minor
  • Mm. 28-52 : The main motive is developed into a counterpoint between the two voices until the final cadence in D minor
Please note that this score contains suggestions for playing the ornaments (in this case, trills) in accordance with Baroque performance practice.

In particular, we suggest adding cadential trills in mm. 17, 48 and 51. Although not present in the manuscripts, these cadential trills are an essential characteristic of the Baroque style.

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. 4 in D minor - Inventio 4)
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Opus/catalog numberBWV 775
MovementsInvention Composition/First publicationComposed ca 1720, revised 1723
InstrumentationPiano StyleBaroque (1600-1750)
KeyD minor Duration00:50
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 8/12

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