scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 899
This piece is taken from Book 2 of JS Bachs Forty-Eight Preludes and Fugues also known as The Well-Tempered Clavier A prelude could take almost any form the only conditions being that it should be in the same key as the fugue and form a suitable preparation of the listeners ear and mind for what is to follow although Bachs preludes were usually a clearly defined musical personality of which the fugues were logical developments and projections Prelude no XII is in F minor Pieces in a minor key are often less cheerful and perhaps darker than those in a major key and while this prelude is not at all gloomy or dismal it is somehow quite reflective The listener does not simply a receive a happy four-minute ditty that is forgotten the moment after the recording finishes as could be said for some classical pieces that I have heard it is much more thought-provoking than that The prelude and indeed the entire work from which it originates was designed for a keyboard soloist and from the recording I can well imagine the soloist even Bach himself playing with great feeling and emotion This is typically what the audience likes to hear from solo performances unlike huge orchestras where an individuals efforts can be drowned out by a mass of horns and strings That is probably why the piece is best suited to the piano rather than any other instrument such as a violin Often when I hear violins I expect them to be part of a larger string section or at least supported by a section I imagine perhaps somewhat ignorantly that violins are great for playing fast and furiously or slowly and serenely but not for the mid-tempo middle ground The piano however can achieve this The performer is instructed to play this piece allegretto espressivo The listener wants to be able to envisage the pianist playing from the heart and I
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA