Teaching J.S. Bach Invention 1 in C (BWV 772)

With World Series updates shadowing last night’s lesson, three students checked their cell phones inning by inning, but managed a deep-layer connection to Bach and Beethoven.

My newest student introduced himself by reading through Bach’s Invention 1 in C. As it played out, the composition is one of my favorites to teach. Its rich contrapuntal landscape invites a dual cognitive and affective exploration.


Following the Subject through its many forms is a mind-expanding adventure!

Its fragmentation, augmentation, inversion, and modulation are springboards for an understanding of two-voice counterpoint with characteristic imitation, overlap and climactic convergence.

While conscientious Analysis is essential to learning Invention 1, phrase-shaping, and making sensitive decisions about articulation and dynamics will advance artistic expression. (Two recorded segments are attached as teaching samples)

J.S. Bach Invention 1, page 1

J.S. Bach Invention 1, page 2
Lesson: Part 1

Lesson: Part 2


For a thorough analysis of the score:


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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