An in depth “Over”-view of J.S. Bach Little Prelude in C Minor, BWV 934

This evening I prepared a video supplement for an adult student who brought the gorgeously woven Little Prelude in C minor (BWV 934) to his first lesson. Since I had studied this work at the suggestion of another student, from faraway Greece, I had laid a firm foundation in my own layer by layer learning process. Such framing remained true to form in this new learning environment, though some of my ideas about phrasing and counterpoint had changed. (The score in its updated form has become so cluttered with groupings, slurs, and slash marks that only in the playing will the revisions be understood)

Basically, I urged the student to focus separately on each voice with deserving importance. In this connection, I led him through sequences, harmonic progressions/modulations, and counter-melodies, never OVER-looking the important dimensions of each line. The OVER-head view, which happened to be my latest studio accouterment, preserved the essence of ways to approach Bach’s masterpiece which the student will re-VIEW at his pleasure.

In tempo

bwv in c minor p.1

bwv 934 p 2

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: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to An in depth “Over”-view of J.S. Bach Little Prelude in C Minor, BWV 934

  1. Delene says:

    Thank you so much – wonderful, relaxed, erudite tutorial


  2. Delene says:

    Forgot to mention the entire tutorial broke up badly with the gaps not joining i e I had to more or less put two and two together all the way🤔,
    Do you perhaps know how I can fix that. I was on google on iPad.


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