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#1051915 - 08/22/04 01:56 PM easy bach
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anything easy by bach, prelude... theres gotta be something
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#1051916 - 08/22/04 01:59 PM Re: easy bach
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Prelude 1 from the WTC is a popular (read: overplayed) easy piece.
Most of the things from the Anna Magdalena book are easy.
Also, the inventions aren't easy, but they're easier than most of his stuff.

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#1051917 - 08/22/04 02:35 PM Re: easy bach
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Its overplayed because its easy. Anyone can play it. But its also beautiful, pure Bach, the real thing.
Also, check out some of the movements of French Suites (No. 5, 1st movement) and the Partitas. (No. 1, 1st movement) and some of the Goldberg Variations

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#1051918 - 08/22/04 04:03 PM Re: easy bach
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How about the little preludes? Are they considered easy?

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#1051919 - 08/22/04 08:20 PM Re: easy bach
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I have played only one little prelude, in C minor BWV 999. It's very easy but I find that no matter how hard I try, I can't play that from the book and need to rely on memory to play that.

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#1051920 - 08/22/04 08:54 PM Re: easy bach
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little preludes are relatively easy, but still they are polyphonic pieces with at least 2 voices. at least most of them are short enough to be learned quickly.

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#1051921 - 08/22/04 11:47 PM Re: easy bach
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some of the inventions are easy also very worth the effort cuz its really beautiful.
I like invention no. 13- its ok in difficulty once you grasp the pattern.
Invention no. 8- easy, pretty melody, but not as good as 13 mo.

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#1051922 - 08/23/04 10:14 PM Re: easy bach
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inventions are not as easy as little preludes though. skeletony, try to play no.13 as fast as Gould plays, and then tell me it is not difficult. yes, no.13 is a beautiful piece but it is not easy, especially in fast tempo because it requires a lot hand shifting with both hands.

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#1051923 - 08/24/04 01:49 AM Re: easy bach
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^^^ signa, i didnt say no. 13 was easy, i said i was ok in difficulty. Though he asked for eassy ones, i thought this would be worth the effort. And oh, i love Gould's playing. After i heard it, i digged out my inventions books and replaying them. Ive never playe little preludes before, so i dont know. \:\)

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#1051924 - 08/24/04 05:47 AM Re: easy bach
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Try WTC 1 fugue 2 in Cminor. Not too bad.
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#1051925 - 08/24/04 06:02 AM Re: easy bach
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I don't think people should be daunted by 'difficulty'.

While we are on the Bach subject... Does anyone have a suggestion of a recording of the WTC (all) that is somewhat slow?
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#1051926 - 08/24/04 08:48 AM Re: easy bach
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There are CD players on the market today that can adjust the playback speed. I believe they can do this and preserve the pitch. Mostly, they are marketed to DJs. If you are serious about analyzing a piece or adjusting the tempo so you can play along with a recording, it might be a reasonable purchase.
Here are a couple of examples:
http://store.tradehawk.com/tascamcdgt1.html
http://www.banjostore.com/psd230.html

You can also do this with software, such as
http://www.ronimusic.com/

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#1051927 - 08/24/04 07:10 PM Re: easy bach
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Little Prelude in C Major is very easy. The only tricky part is the mordent in the middle of the chord, but it's slow and doesn't have tricky multi-voice stuff going on!!! The Prelude in D Major drove me nuts, I finally quit it for now. 4 voices! Could NOT count it right. Pretty though!
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#1051928 - 08/24/04 07:11 PM Re: easy bach
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i didnt say no. 13 was easy, i said i was ok in difficulty. Though he asked for eassy ones, i thought this would be worth the effort. And oh, i love Gould's playing.
it is definitely worth an effort, but it is also one of those pieces where its difficulty increases as speed goes up. that's why i was amazed too with Gould's technique.

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#1051929 - 08/24/04 09:05 PM Re: easy bach
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IMO Gould destroys the piece's beauty with his absurd tempo. I'm usually behind Gould no matter what he decides, but I can't agree with him on this one.
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#1051930 - 08/25/04 08:07 AM Re: easy bach
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i know someone will say that (since many said it before) about Gould's tempo on no.13. but, it is not my point, because i was only talking about his technique.

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#1051931 - 08/27/04 07:43 AM Re: easy bach
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Here are two fairly easy Bach pieces. They have the subtle complexity typical of Bach, they will demand your left and right hands work independently, but in cooperation, and they are pretty satisfying to play.

The best part: you can get 'em for FREE.

Go to http://www.sheetmusic1.com/new.great.music.html
Try the Minuet in G Major (the second one down) and the Bouree (fourth one down).

Let us know how it goes.

There's a lot of other great stuff on this page available for download.

Go crazy! (But please support the site if you can)

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#1051932 - 08/27/04 05:11 PM Re: easy bach
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I suggest picking up an excellent book by Schirmer called "First Lessons in Bach". There are two books; I have the second one. All the pieces are quite simple, and they each deal with a different aspect of Baroque keyboard music. In my opinion, it is the best thing for a beginner-intermediate Bach player.

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#1051933 - 08/27/04 11:57 PM Re: easy bach
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I'm surprised no one ever mentions Invention #1. I started this in June and have nailed the first 3 lines. Most advanced piece prior to this was Fur Elise. I have also learned 3 of his Minuets and working on his easiest Prelude prior. This Invention is not only a delight to hear but is not that hard. I've heard most of them on CD but I don't hear one any better than #1.
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#1051934 - 08/28/04 12:57 PM Re: easy bach
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Bach's 2-part Invention No.10 in G major is not very difficult. My favorite 2-part Invention is No.14 in Bb major.

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#1051935 - 11/30/04 01:00 PM Re: easy bach
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Loc: Denver, Colorado
Bach's "Little Preludes and Fugues" is delightful. Short little pieces, each one a complete "Bach Thought" - from medium to really difficult...

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#1051936 - 12/02/04 06:15 AM Re: easy bach
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Loc: Rochester, NY
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Originally posted by LudwigVanBee:
I'm surprised no one ever mentions Invention #1. I started this in June and have nailed the first 3 lines. Most advanced piece prior to this was Fur Elise. I have also learned 3 of his Minuets and working on his easiest Prelude prior. This Invention is not only a delight to hear but is not that hard. I've heard most of them on CD but I don't hear one any better than #1. [/b]
The inventions are deceptivly difficult. Invention #1 looks quite easy, just two single note melodies right? In fact it might not take you too much time to get your hands to play both parts together. The difficulty lies in properly articulating the voices and understanding how the piece works. The inventions are definitely very much worth studying, but in general, Bach should be studied with the guidance of a good teacher because there really is great depth to them, even to something like the Invention #1, that you could easilly spend months studying and learning to articulate.. In fact I dare say you could learn all of music theory by studying the Bach Inventions alone.

I'm working on Sinfonia #9 right now (a 3pt Invention) and it's just heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and again, deceptivly difficult!

enjoy!
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#1051937 - 12/03/04 04:15 AM Re: easy bach
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Registered: 08/20/04
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I have this one I think - Mine's called "Little Preludes and Fughettas" comes with a CD (piano by Matthais Kirschnereit) It's great. Some very short not too difficult pieces - others quite challenging. I'm working on my third of the easier ones and really enjoy the polyphonic style which provides great "brain" work. Although I can only play two of them up to speed I think this style is also a good exercise in sight reading.
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