Randall and Nancy Faber come through with flying colors by including J.C. Bach’s Prelude in A minor in their Developing Artist Series Album, Early Intermediate Level.
This particular composition, sounding Baroque, but written in the Classical era, gives a student the opportunity to shape a musical line through a series of broken chords. As a preliminary, the player can block the sonorities and follow the harmonic scheme and rhythm. The Harmonic minor shimmers through the texture in the opening measures as a progression from E to F to G# to A. (the fifth degree of this form of the A minor scale through to the tonic)
Shaping phrases involves attentive listening, a supple wrist, and harmonic consciousness.
Sustaining a melodic line through recurring broken pattern chords is paramount to playing the Prelude poetically and musically. Varying dynamics and tapering phrases are woven into the artistic process.