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Bach, J.S. : Prelude in C Major, BWV 846 -- Urtext
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Prelude in C Major, BWV 846 -- Urtext

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

The famous first prelude of the Well-Tempered Clavier (Intermediate)!   

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Includes : One solo score (2 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 7/12

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Program Notes on Prelude in C Major, BWV 846 -- Urtext by Bach, J.S. :

This Prelude 1, BWV 846 is probably the easiest composition in Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. It can be studied by early-intermediate piano players.

Please note that some sources show a trill of the last E of measure 34. If playing this trill, be sure to start on the upper note.

Prelude BWV 846 appears also in the Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach [Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach] (1725). This notebook was filled with favorite selections of the members of the Bach family.

This prelude in C Major is the first prelude in Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. It consists of a simple progression of arpeggiated chords.

It is one of Johann Sebastian Bach's most famous compositions for the keyboard.

It served as the inspiration for Gounod's Ave Maria.

Sources :

Johann Sebastian Bach, Das wohltemperirte Clavier [The Well-Tempered Clavier] (1722 for Book 1 and 1744 for Book 2).

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Sheet music details :


(Praeludium - Präludium in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier)
Composer :Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Opus/catalog number :BWV 846
Movements :Prelude Composition/First publication :1722
Instrumentation :Piano Style :Baroque (1600-1750)
Key :C Major Duration :01:35
Edition :Urtext (ed. M.A. Caux) Difficulty :Grade 7/12

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