Learning J.S. Bach’s B minor Invention No. 15 (BWV 786) in baby steps

Both embedded videos track my step-by-step approach to learning this beautiful composition.

In the part one Instruction, I play slowly through the right hand to explore the subject, its articulation, fingering, execution of ornaments, and follow-up strand of 16th notes. Pieces of the subject, or motifs, therein, are identified along with any treatments by inversion. Modulations of the subject or its fragments are clearly mapped.

The same holds for a separate scrutiny of the left hand (Part 2 Instruction) with its tie-in to the subject stated initially in the right hand. All the strands, relationships, ideas borrowed, in part or in full from the subject and what follows, must be made conscious. An awakened ear and alert mind fuse together in this process of assimilating the piece. This is before the two voices will become interactive: independent and co-dependent at the same time. (Counterpoint)

Part One:

Part Two:

In Tempo:

Bach Invention in B minor p 1

p 2 Bach Invention in B minor

p. 3 revise Bach invention in B minro

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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6 Responses to Learning J.S. Bach’s B minor Invention No. 15 (BWV 786) in baby steps

  1. Betsy says:

    May I ask what edition your images came from? That’s exactly the sort of editing I’m looking for!


  2. Julio Pujada says:

    Thank you so much for this sharing this valuable piece of knowledge, I’m working on this piece so this really helps me. Keep it up. Also, I hope I find something similar related to Chopin’s prelude op.28 no.14 🙂


  3. tabneto says:

    Very interesting. I can’t hear you alright. Maybe it would be better if you linked the talked parts to some blog. Or if you had subtitles…
    I think if you played from the start, without the talked introduction, it would be more pleasant. English is not my mother tongue.
    Please remember that everybody in the world is using Youtube and many people can’t understand spoken English so easily.
    I could read it alright and I can read music, too.
    Thank you! You had the correct idea of playing slowly, so we can catch the parts and memorize more easily.


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