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 Post subject: Piano - WTC 1 no 16 in A flat HELP please !?
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 9:08 am 
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Piano grade 8 - WTC 1 no 16 in A flat HELP please !?
Help! I am facing problems with Bach's WTC Prelude and Fugue in Aflat ! It is the current Grade 8 repertoire piece. I just don't understand how to play it correctly and nicely. In terms of dynamics, articulation, tone, texture, etc. I have problems with Stiff fingers, RH and LH hand coordination,ornamentation, and baroque legato , staccato, etc.
I just can't seem to get it right no matter what. HOw do you play and practise Bach's WTC ?
PLease HELP!


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 12:10 am 
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I will probably be of no help...I know what you're talking about - I think many people have the same problems with Bach. My solution to these issues has been to understand the counterpoint, which makes it easier for me to choose fingerings, and to know how to interpret each piece, but you're probably looking for a quick fix, huh? :lol: Many of the elements that you mentioned are a matter of personal interpretation - there are "correct" ways to play Bach, but many in our era think that if Bach is played on piano, it should be adapted to the instrument, rather than played in strict baroque performance practice style.

Once you sort out the awkward fingers...definitely hit the metronome. Bach needs much metronome luv. ;)

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