Interpreting Bach at the Keyboard / Edition 1

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Paul Badura-Skoda's text conveys a passion for an informed interpretation of Bach's music based upon a recognition and respect for Bach's musical and intellectual intentions. Copiously illustrated throughout with music examples, Interpreting Bach at the Keyboard will take its place as a standard work for all students and performers of Bach's keyboard music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198165767
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Paul Badura-Skoda is a pianist and scholar.

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Table of Contents

Note on Terminology
Pt. I General Problems of Interpretation 1
1 An Authentic Eighteenth-Century Performance Source: C. F. Colt's Organ-Barrels 3
2 Studies in Rhythm 15
3 In Search of the Correct Bach Tempo 71
4 Bach's Articulation 92
5 Dynamics 130
6 Problems of Sonority 144
7 Problems of Harpsichord and Piano Technique, and of Expressive Playing 177
8 The Urtext Problem: An Imaginary Interview 188
9 Rendering the Structure as a Whole 201
10 Prelude in E flat minor and Fugue in D sharp minor, WTC I, BWV 853. An Analysis for Performance 213
Pt. II Studies in Ornamentation 243
11 Introduction 245
12 The Development of Ornamentation in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 254
13 J. S. Bach's Ornaments: Some General Remarks 306
14 Pralltriller 335
15 Appoggiaturas 388
16 The Longer Trill 414
17 Bach's Mordent 442
18 Arpeggios 452
19 The Application of Ornaments that are not Notated 465
20 Free Embellishments in Bach's Keyboard Works 489
Epilogue 521
Appendix 1. Some Recommended Editions of Bach's Keyboard Works 527
Appendix 2. Some Textual and Interpretational Problems in Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903 533
Appendix 3. J. M. Gesner, 'Johann Sebastian Bach as Conductor, Keyboard Player, and Organist' (Gottingen, 1738) 540
Appendix 4. Excerpt from the Article 'Takt' in J. G. Sulzer's Allgemeine Theorie der schonen Kunste, vol. ii (Leipzig, 1774) 541
Appendix 5. The Dedication of Partita No. 1 (BWV 825) and the Dedicatory Poem 543
Appendix 6. Friedrich Blume and Hans Joachim Moser 545
Bibliography 549
Index of J. S. Bach's Works 559
General Index 565
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