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#1553796 - 11/08/10 05:43 PM 48, most fun to play
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sorry to bother you with this kind of question, but I need a little help: as I cannot choose between all the marvels Bach composed, and have to pick a few for students that have to play a p+f for competitions, what pair would you like to play?
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#1553799 - 11/08/10 05:47 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Make a giant paper circle and divide it into 48 equal sections.
Make each section one of the preludes/fugues.
Put it on your wall.
Get a dart.
Turn around so you are facing away from the giant circle on your wall.
Throw the dart behind you.
Whatever it lands on is the prelude/fugue you'll teach your student! laugh

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#1553810 - 11/08/10 05:53 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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did it, it's e-flat minor in both books...
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#1553811 - 11/08/10 05:54 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Originally Posted By: dolce sfogato
did it, it's e-flat minor in both books...


laugh ha

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#1553818 - 11/08/10 06:02 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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I love them ALL!!! It's VERY hard to choose favorites. If I had to choose just one pair...hmmm...I have a real affinity for the Emajor, Fmajor, fminor, gminor from Bk II, but honestly I'd probably choose either the Cmajor from Bk II (the fugue is a blast), or the c#minor from Bk I (the fugue is one of those rarities that leaves you speechless and spent).
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#1553820 - 11/08/10 06:04 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Here are some of my favorites to play. Top-level recommendation: F# minor Book II.


Book I

C major: you just can't beat it. The fugue theme is heard exactly 24 times. How perfect!
F# major: really delightful pair
Ab major: the fugue has some of my favorite sequences.
B major: underrated fugue, theme derived from the prelude
B minor: for me, the deepest of the preludes. And as for the "twelve-tone fugue"... what is there to say?

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Book II

C minor: very satisfying. Underrated fugue.
D major: virtuoso prelude, calm deep fugue
E major: the "choral fugue" may be one of the best of the 48. Too bad the prelude is so dreadful. (sarcasm)
F# minor: probably my favorite pair of the 48


-Jason
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#1553821 - 11/08/10 06:04 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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i always wanted to play g- from book ii but was never allowed because it was believed we would quibble over whether to double dot or not ENDLESSLY.

i played g#- from book i as my first, and B+ from book two was relatively easy to put together. a- from book one could be enjoyed by many!
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mozart - sonata in D+, k. 576
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#1553822 - 11/08/10 06:05 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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good good good, continue, please:)
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#1553823 - 11/08/10 06:07 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: beet31425]
stores Offline
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
Too bad the prelude is so dreadful. (sarcasm)


-Jason


I'm so glad you added (sarcasm) at the end there. It's one of my very favorite preludes!
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#1553824 - 11/08/10 06:08 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Love:

G minor Bk I
F# minor Bk I
G major Bk II
A major Bk II

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#1553827 - 11/08/10 06:13 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: stores]
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Originally Posted By: stores
Originally Posted By: beet31425
Too bad the prelude is so dreadful. (sarcasm)


-Jason


I'm so glad you added (sarcasm) at the end there. It's one of my very favorite preludes!


Yes, it's one of the most un-dreadful compositions ever, isn't it?

stores, since you're working them all up, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on some things, like which one is the most taxing, which requires the most concentration, which you think is the deepest, the most trivial, which is the most sublime, which is the most fun to play, etc. Don't feel you really have to answer if these aren't meaningful questions to you. It's just that I rarely get a chance to talk to someone who has actual playing familiarity with all 48. (I have listening familiarity with all of them, and playing familiarity with about a third).

-Jason
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#1553885 - 11/08/10 07:44 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: beet31425]
stores Offline
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
Originally Posted By: stores
Originally Posted By: beet31425
Too bad the prelude is so dreadful. (sarcasm)


-Jason


I'm so glad you added (sarcasm) at the end there. It's one of my very favorite preludes!


Yes, it's one of the most un-dreadful compositions ever, isn't it?

stores, since you're working them all up, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on some things, like which one is the most taxing, which requires the most concentration, which you think is the deepest, the most trivial, which is the most sublime, which is the most fun to play, etc. Don't feel you really have to answer if these aren't meaningful questions to you. It's just that I rarely get a chance to talk to someone who has actual playing familiarity with all 48. (I have listening familiarity with all of them, and playing familiarity with about a third).

-Jason



I don't mind at all and don't find the questions meaningless. I think they ALL require a high degree of concentration (as is the case with all Bach). When you're playing a complete set of 24 your concentration needs to be quite intense, because with Bach one misplaced finger can send you off the rails and it can be very difficult to find your place again. You have to immediately clear your mind between pieces and focus on the next. In some cases, however that's not always easy to do (the c#minor fugue from Bk I is one such case).
At any rate...
Most taxing...from a technical standpoint the Amajor fugue/Bk I. Most emotionally taxing...by far the c#minor fugue/Bk I, which I, personally, find the deepest and most sublime all at once. There are many, many others which I absolutely adore and love playing, but this fugue has a special place within the 48. There is such raw emotion here and so soon too! And then immediately we're launched into the Dmajor prelude, which is completely on the opposite end of the spectrum and very likely my favorite to play of the 48. It's been part of my warm up routine for well over 25 years, so it's a part of me and it dances like none of the other 47. I can't answer for most trivial, because there isn't a trivial moment in either book...this is music for the ages.
My favorite aspect of practising now is staying true while holding my little Yorkie, Ludwig, in my lap. He used to come sit at my feet while I practised, but for the past few months it's been up onto the bench and then my lap. I think he prefers the Eflat fugue from Bk I. =)
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#1553892 - 11/08/10 07:58 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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I cast my vote for the A-flat P&F from the first book.

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#1553893 - 11/08/10 07:58 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: stores]
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Originally Posted By: stores
I don't mind at all and don't find the questions meaningless...
Most taxing...from a technical standpoint the Amajor fugue/Bk I.

Thanks stores. What an honor it must be to play all 48. Maybe I'll do it someday...

You really meant A major and not A minor?? Whenever I've read through the A major fugue it's fit into my hands so easily. While A minor, as everyone says, and as my reading through confirms, seems a finger-twisting workout!

Good luck with the recital.

-Jason
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#1553897 - 11/08/10 08:01 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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It's hard to go wrong, but FWIW - My favorites:

WTC I:

C# Major
C# Minor
Eb Major
Eb Minor
E Major
Ab Major
B Major

WTC II:

D Major
Eb Major
F Minor
G Minor
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#1553923 - 11/08/10 08:41 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
Originally Posted By: stores
I don't mind at all and don't find the questions meaningless...
Most taxing...from a technical standpoint the Amajor fugue/Bk I.

Thanks stores. What an honor it must be to play all 48. Maybe I'll do it someday...

You really meant A major and not A minor?? Whenever I've read through the A major fugue it's fit into my hands so easily. While A minor, as everyone says, and as my reading through confirms, seems a finger-twisting workout!

Good luck with the recital.

-Jason



You're welcome and yes, it is quite an honor to play this music. I hope you're able to do the same some day.
Yes, I meant the aminor fugue and not the Amajor.

And thank you!
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#1553934 - 11/08/10 09:05 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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I love G# minor book 2, especially the prelude. Very unusual rhythms.
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#1553943 - 11/08/10 09:23 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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What my teacher has done is tell me to listen to them (yes all of them) and choose one. She also said that a good way to choose is to listen to the theme of the fugue, and make sure it is one you like because you will have to live with it through the whole fugue laugh . I think this is a good strategy, because the student has a special connection with the piece because they pick it themselves, and they also get to listen to Bach's awesome music!

Anyways, the first time I picked F major from Book II, and the second time I picked B flat Major from Book I.

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#1553966 - 11/08/10 10:08 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: stores]
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Originally Posted By: stores
Most emotionally taxing...by far the c#minor fugue/Bk I, which I, personally, find the deepest and most sublime all at once. There are many, many others which I absolutely adore and love playing, but this fugue has a special place within the 48.

Actually, my single favorite moment from all 48 is from that fugue: the low C#2 at the start of the theme, m.73.



Originally Posted By: stores
My favorite aspect of practicing now is staying true while holding my little Yorkie, Ludwig, in my lap...

I didn't know your dog was named Ludwig. Are you familiar with this book?

-Jason
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#1554032 - 11/08/10 11:49 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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So far not mentioned -if I have read the previous posts correctly- is the Bb from Book 1! It was the 2nd P&F I studied after the obligatory C minor, and I just loved it. The prelude falls beautifully under the hands and is very satisfying for a young pianist.

The fugue subject haunted me for days, and I well remember waxing enthusiastically about it with my teacher.
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#1554035 - 11/08/10 11:53 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: stores
My favorite aspect of practicing now is staying true while holding my little Yorkie, Ludwig, in my lap...

When I was a boy I had an adorable pet rat who sometimes sat quietly on my lap when practicing. Christoph was an awesome animal, very intelligent, and very much loved.
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#1554118 - 11/09/10 03:23 AM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
Originally Posted By: stores
Most emotionally taxing...by far the c#minor fugue/Bk I, which I, personally, find the deepest and most sublime all at once. There are many, many others which I absolutely adore and love playing, but this fugue has a special place within the 48.

Actually, my single favorite moment from all 48 is from that fugue: the low C#2 at the start of the theme, m.73.



Originally Posted By: stores
My favorite aspect of practicing now is staying true while holding my little Yorkie, Ludwig, in my lap...

I didn't know your dog was named Ludwig. Are you familiar with this book?

-Jason



Yes, I know the place you're referring to in the fugue. It's a very powerful moment, indeed.
Haha! No, I've not ever heard of that book.
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#1554119 - 11/09/10 03:27 AM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: argerichfan]
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Originally Posted By: argerichfan
Originally Posted By: stores
My favorite aspect of practicing now is staying true while holding my little Yorkie, Ludwig, in my lap...

When I was a boy I had an adorable pet rat who sometimes sat quietly on my lap when practicing. Christoph was an awesome animal, very intelligent, and very much loved.


Haha. I think a rat would be much easier in regard to learning how to navigate with him in place. The funny thing is that I think his wanting to be there has to do with the music specifically, because he'll come round, but doesn't want to sit in my lap when I'm not working on the WTC.
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#1554170 - 11/09/10 07:37 AM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: stores]
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I figured Ludwig would want to sit in your lap if your practicing Beethoven! wink

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#1554487 - 11/09/10 06:06 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: Orange Soda King]
stores Offline
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
I figured Ludwig would want to sit in your lap if your practicing Beethoven! wink


Haha! Well, oddly enough, he doesn't seem too very convinced by his namesake (probably too much thunder and lightning!)
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#1554508 - 11/09/10 06:46 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Does it get bothersome having a dog in your lap while you practice?

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#1554516 - 11/09/10 07:07 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: Orange Soda King]
stores Offline
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Does it get bothersome having a dog in your lap while you practice?


No. He's just a little guy...all of 8 pounds and he sits very quietly.
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#1554521 - 11/09/10 07:10 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Oh. My friend has a HUGE HUGE dog, and sometimes he tries to sit in her lap while she practices. When I was over at her house, she sat down to play something for me, and the dog ran in and tackled her clear off the bench...

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#1554656 - 11/09/10 11:47 PM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: dolce sfogato]
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I was practicing once at my bf's parents' house (only because it was the night before a competition), and one of their cats knocked over my glass of RED wine on the floor, all over the beautiful white carpet. Then she jumped on the piano. I was so mortified!!! Hence I will always keep animals away from pianos... and glasses of wine....

Anyway. LIke someone else said, the deepest one for me is c# minor from book I. It's like a confession, especially the Prelude....


Edited by Pogorelich. (11/09/10 11:48 PM)
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#1554778 - 11/10/10 08:20 AM Re: 48, most fun to play [Re: Pogorelich.]
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I am a serial Yorkie owner. My second one was Wolfgang- it was great calling him in from another room- Wolfgang! - and a guest would expect a huge German shepherd only to be greeted by an 8 pound Yorkie. My next one was named Windy after an Association song. The one in my lap right now is Merlin- my son named him. He sits next to me on my piano bench when I play. One day, Pandora was playing and a Chopin waltz I am working on came on and he ran into the piano room looking for me. Yorkies are great dogs!
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