Here is a first post for the WIP board!!
I am working on Bach's 1st invention. I played this piece last year for my second semester repertoire, so I have some acquaintance with it. This recording isn't something I am happy with, so yes, it's a work in progress. Still getting it into my fingers. Here is the score:http://imslp.org/wiki/15_Inventions,_BWV_772-786_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)
I'm using the Breitkopf & Härtel public domain copy, I own the Henle urtext, but do not have it with me now. All that said, I'd be interested in hearing some opinions on how this piece should be played (preferably from people who have played it, but not limited to). Without a tempo indication, without phrasing marks, it would seem then, that one should play it in strict time. And certainly would be the Bach
thing to do! (given how some scholars like Cory Hall on YT have played it), but I listen to Jan Bertran's version and I think a little bit of rubato is called for.
My friend David has told me Bach music is difficult because it is like there is no way to hide. It is true. Starting at m. 16 there are half notes, a welcome respite (and really the only thing in this piece resembling a rest). Ok, to be fair m. 7, but are you really only supposed to play one eighth? That just seems so robotic and so odd. I question why Bach would not write half notes there, (though it seems to be the provocation) if only I could ask him!
My teacher was telling me that this piece is like a conversation between two people. The RH is one person, the LH, another. The conversation goes from light topics, to off-limit topics at m.11. Then beat 2 of m. 13. It's like they are both butting heads with sixteenths in both hands. Then they give eachother turns to talk in the next section and finally by 22 they have made up
-I know I messed up the mordent with a slash in m. 13...
-I know there isn't a trill at the end of m. 14 but I am pretty sure there is in the urtext. So I am playing most of this edition but, that is what I remember from the other.
One last thing, I apologize for the poor audio.