Tag Archives: J.S. Bach

Playing a Bach Invention: Say what you mean, and mean what HE said

My latest awakening occurred during a piano lesson last night with a student who loves Bach and nearly dotes upon his compositions exclusively. And that’s fine with me who’s a companion traveler sharing a comparable love for the composer and … Continue reading

Posted in Bach, Bach Inventions, Bach Two-part Inventions, J.S. Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano, piano blog, piano blogging, piano lessons by Skype, Two-part Inventions, word press, you tube | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

J.S. Bach Prelude No. 1 in C, Voicing and Harmonic Rhythm (my ideas and Seymour Bernstein’s)

A musician’s understanding of a masterwork is a composite of ideas derived from many sources. In the course of piano study, perceptions change and grow, enlarged by a combined theoretical and musical examination of a composition that invites mentors into … Continue reading

Posted in piano, pianist, Shirley Kirsten, piano instruction, J.S. Bach, piano pedagogy, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, piano blog, Well-Tempered Clavier, Bach Prelude in C from Well-Tempered Clavier | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

First Love Bach Fugue in F minor, BWV 881

What a divine pairing from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2! The ethereal, “sighing” Prelude is joined by a somber, though monumental Fugue in three voices. The Subject with its characteristic three-8th note repetitions followed by two-16ths, meanders in stepwise … Continue reading

Posted in Classical music piano blog, Fugue, Fugue in F minor, J.S. Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano, Well Tempered Clavier | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

J.S. Bach’s ethereal Prelude in F minor, BWV 881 (contour and voices)

A kindred musician friend and Baroque scholar residing on the East Coast tipped me off that my “first love” reading of Bach’s Prelude in F minor a few months back, was just the very top layer of a more in … Continue reading

Posted in adult piano lessons, J.S. Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano lessons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Studying J.S. Bach: What many piano students overlook

In the course of learning keyboard works by J.S. Bach, many students are riveted to the top most line, often ignoring alto, tenor and bass voices. The Prelude in F minor, BWV 881, is a case in point. While sobbing … Continue reading

Posted in Bach keyboard works, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano, piano instruction, piano teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Playing J.S. Bach with an awareness of Harmonic Rhythm

In working through Bach’s two-part Invention No. 13 in A minor, an adult student and I explored harmonic resolutions and their influence on phrasing. *** While many pupils expect cadences to be predictable resting points where pianists typically taper a … Continue reading

Posted in adult piano instruction, Bach Two Part Inventions, J.S. Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano, piano instruction, piano lessons, Two -part Inventions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chopin and Bach piano lesson excerpts

Most students welcome recorded recaps of their lessons for practicing reminders and direction. While the editing time is significant, the overall effort results in a fine-tuned clarification of fingering, phrasing, dynamics etc. with a space margin for reconsideration of interpretation. … Continue reading

Posted in adult piano instruction, Bach, Bach Two Part Inventions, Chopin, Chopin Preludes, Classical music blog, Frederic Chopin, J.S. Bach, piano, piano blog, piano instruction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments