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Bach Fifteen Two-Part Inventions

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by Anonymous, May 7, 2007.

  1. Anonymous

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    I was thinking about studying Bach's Two-part inventions, but beforhand, i would like some suggestions on the order in which to study them, since they are of different levels...
  2. robert

    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

    Jun 7, 2006
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    I should know about this as I have soon recorded them all. ;)

    I think the right way to start is actually no.1 in C major which also is among the easiest. But no matter how easy these inventions looks at a first glance, they are actually harder to execute than most people think. At least for someone like me who are not used to play counterpoint. It is not so much that they are difficult to play but rather difficult to memorize. An option to no.1 is the D minor or the B-flat major.

    The ones I would not start with is the A minor or the F major which in my opinion are the more difficult. The F major (actually a little Toccata) is perhaps the most famous but requires a lot of different technique and is difficult, especially in the later passages for left hand. When you can play the C major, D minor and B-flat major, I would continue with the G major, C minor and D major.

    Good luck!
  3. Anonymous

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    Thanks a lot for your help Robert! I greatly appreciated it.
  4. Anonymous

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    I would also advise you to start with the one in C major, followed by the ones in D major and E major. These are the easier ones from the collection. After that, just take them in order, but leave D minor, F major and A minor until last. They are the most difficult.

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