Claudia S., age 11, identified and practiced the Subject, Tonal Answer, and Counter-subject 1 and 2 of the Fugue BWV 847. She learned how to make a difference between portato and staccato as she examined form, structure, and phrasing.
Claudia, 11, practiced piecing out the Fugue form today in BWV 847 (three voices). We played through the subject, tonal answer, and counter-subject 1, continuing with a transition that led to statements of the subject and counter-subject. I had her singing and playing various combinations of voices, also noting an inversion of counter-subject I. The lesson continued down through part of the second page.
The score is copied below the video:
Today, September 5th, is Claudia’s 11th Birthday! She started lessons with me in 2006 when she had just turned 6 after coming to California from Hawaii. I remember her as a shy but wide-eyed child who had studied piano for a year or so.
Students who begin piano lessons at a tender age and stay the journey well into their teens, become part of a teacher’s family, blooming as musicians beside their passage through elementary, middle and high school. They will sometimes come back to visit years after they’ve finished college bringing the next generation of children to embark upon lessons. The cycle of life also plays out in the musical universe.
It’s now five birthdays later and Claudia has grown up before my very eyes, creating her own album of audible milestones from her first recital in my home at age 6, to numerous playing opportunities at MTAC Festivals and on the stage of Fresno Piano’s lovely concert hall.
On this special day honoring her eleventh year, I couldn’t help but mark the occasion by recapturing a few of Claudia’s musical rites of passage through photos and video. The first image on the left shows her at age 6 rehearsing a duet with me in preparation for her first recital here at my home studio. The picture to the right was taken following her second recital appearance when she was 7 years old and wearing a light blue top.
The picture below shows Claudia, age 6, dressed in purple velvet, playing my Steinway grand in her very first recital appearance.
Above: Claudia, age 9, rehearsed for a student musical gathering at the Fresno Piano Recital Hall.
Below, Claudia, 10, displayed her medallion awarded for a Superior rating received at last year’s MTAC’s “Celebration” Festival:
Age 10: At the last Baroque Festival held in February, 2011, Claudia played two Bach Inventions.
The first offering was J.S. Bach’s Invention No. 4 in D minor:
Age 11: Claudia participated in the MTAC Fall Festival at Valley Music Center where she played Beethoven’s “Fur Elise,” and the Chopin Waltz no. 19 in A minor.
For the Baroque scheduled in February, 2012 at Fresno State University, she will perform J.S. Bach’s C minor Prelude and Fugue, BWV 847 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I.
Here’s a preview:
Claudia has come a long way since her first recital when she played the James Hook “Minuet,” J. S. Bach’s “Bouree,” Noona’s “The Red Drum,” and an assortment of duets.
How time flies!
The Joy and Value of Teaching a Piano Student Over Years
Staci played both the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV847 for the Central Valley Baroque Festival.
All Regional finalists received Medals and an appearance at the Honors Recital
The recording conditions were not the best.
The score is copied below the video:
Analysis of Fugue in C minor, BWV847: Subject, Counter-subject I and II, Exposition, Episodes (Development) Recap subject, etc.
This first video represents Part One of my Discussion and Analysis of the Fugue, BWV 847, inclusive of the Exposition. (I use the Palmer edition)
In the course of a fugue, the SUBJECT should always be fleshed out in whatever voice it appears, but an awareness of counter-subject one, counter-subject 2 and motivic, imitative devices cloaking the subject is always required.
Part Two: Analysis Fugue, BWV 847
Part Three: Analysis Fugue, BWV 847
The manuscript below incorporates the theoretical mapping of Jose Rodriguez Alvira
RELATED: Prelude in C minor, BWV 847 (Harmonic Analysis)