How to interpret Baroque music (Bach) is a subject I would like to know more about. Most performers today tend to play Bach quite romantically, which I often like. While working on WTC XV, I find myself inclined to crescendo and decrescendo quite often. However, I remember hearing a lot about terraced dynamics as a strong characteristic of Baroque music. I found this explanation of it on Google. Terraced Dynamics: Paralleling the continuity of mood, the dynamics of the piece also stay constant for some period of time before it shifts to another level. When the dynamics shift, it is sudden like physically stepping of a step. Therefore, terraced dynamics are a distinctive quality of baroque music. Gradual changes such as crescendo and decrescendos are unheard of this is partly due to the fact that the manuals of the keyboards instrument then were able to provide only the loud or the soft sound. They were not able to provide the “in between” sound. (Excuse the awkward English and punctuation.) Referring to the above quote, should an interpretor of Bach "provide the 'in between' sound"? Any thoughts?