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Bach Prelude #1 in C - two versions?

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by markfresa, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. markfresa

    markfresa New Member

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    Hello all piano lovers!
    I learned the Bach Prelude #1 in C years ago, and still play it by memory. Recently I have heard another version which omits a measure that I play.
    Has anyone else heard, or heard of, a different version from the one they learned? I have a copy from various publishers, and they omit the measure I'm thinking of (toward the end of the piece).
    I think I downloaded the version I learned from a site that has, or had, free classical sheet music.
    Thanks to all in advance.
    Mark
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    The extra measure you are used to playing is not original, but inserted by Gounod in his (in)famous Ave Maria. That was necessary to make the prelude sync with his own tune. Somehow that bar made its way in many editions of the original work. Makes sense that your free copy is one of these, and the official, recent copies are not.
     
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    That extra measure is the bane of my existence - I learned the prelude that way, from an anthology, when I was young (first piece I ever played in public, when I was about 8), and now it doesn't seem right in my head without that measure.
     
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    I was afraid of that....

    Thanks Chris and Terez. I was afraid that was the case, as the official version omit that measure.
    Oh well, I only play it occasionally. Pianists beware of free sheet music!! :)
     

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