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J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto, second movement, “Andante”

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Teresa Wong Plays J.S. Bach’s French Suite No. 5: Allemande

 

Playing in the dark (with your eyes closed!) is a lot of fun and adds more to your feelings of the music in your body and with the piano. You are one with the piano and the music. Try it yourself!

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Learn about Clavichord, Harpsichord, Fortepiano and Piano !

Great videos for anyone who wants to learn more about our beautiful piano and its predecessors: clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano! Their sounds are all so charming and delightful each in their unique way!

 

 

 

 

Bach: Toccata in E minor BWV 914

(Also see Chinese version)

Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914 

  • “Toccata”: meaning “to touch” (“toccare” in Italian), a highly virtuosic keyboard genre
  • Bach’s toccatas: combination of German toccata style (more serious counterpoint and complex structure) and Italian toccata style (more showy and flamboyant), with alternating free-style (prelude) and strict structure (fugue) – “stylus phantasticus”
  • Basically two sets of prelude and fugue
  • Seven toccatas in total, this being the shortest of all
  • This toccata is also the only one that starts with a slow section
  • Four sections in this toccata:
  1. A prelude in a rather improvisatory style resembling the composer’s later organ work such as Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  2. A little “fugato”, a double fugue for four voices, lively and rhythmic, 
  3. Adagio: recitative style, combination of Italian aria and Northern German fantasia style, highly improvisatory
  4. A final three-voice fugue with an extended subject, in allegro, idiomatic violin writing, also thought to be originally written for organ, showing tremendous influence from Italian toccata writing (“Naples Manuscript”)

A more “liberal” rendition of the toccata:

 

A lesser known performer yet with another beautiful version of the same toccata:

More background details and analysis in our membership area post.

 

Teresa Wong