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Well-Tempered Clavier
1801. BACH, Johann Sebastian.Das wohltemperirte Clavier, oder Präludien und Fugen durch alle Töne.Zurich: Hans Georg Nageli, [1801-02].Two volumes.Rare first edition of both parts of Bach?'s masterpiece in musical instruction, fully engraved.Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, a collection of 48 preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys, occupies a pivotal position in the keyboard repertoire. Students are still required to study this work, and seasoned performers are praised for their interpretations of it. The Well-Tempered Clavier "surpasses, in logic, in format and in musical quality, all earlier endeavors of the same kind by other masters… The work shows a perfectly balanced contrast between free and strict styles, each represented by several different types of prelude and fugue. Bach's writing… represents the culmination of a 20-year process of maturation and stands unparalleled in the history of music" (New Grove). Bach completed Part I in 1722 and Part II in 1744. After Bach's death in 1750, the work circulated in manuscript. "In 1782 Mozart arranged several of the fugues for chamber-music combinations… and in 1783 Beethoven played the Well-Tempered Clavier at the age of thirteen in a famous performance" (Fuld, 674).Fuld, 118. RISM B 499. Kinsky, 120.Usual wear to boards, plates bright and clean with only occasional scattered foxing. An extraordinary copy, in contemporary boards, of this landmark musical classic. Rare.
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