Item #39412 Le Clavecin bien tempéré ou Preludes et Fugues dans tous les Tons et Demitons du Mode majeur et mineur par J. Seb. Bach. I [-II] Parthie[!]. [BWV 846-893]. Johann Sebastian BACH.
Le Clavecin bien tempéré ou Preludes et Fugues dans tous les Tons et Demitons du Mode majeur et mineur par J. Seb. Bach. I [-II] Parthie[!]. [BWV 846-893]
Le Clavecin bien tempéré ou Preludes et Fugues dans tous les Tons et Demitons du Mode majeur et mineur par J. Seb. Bach. I [-II] Parthie[!]. [BWV 846-893]
Le Clavecin bien tempéré ou Preludes et Fugues dans tous les Tons et Demitons du Mode majeur et mineur par J. Seb. Bach. I [-II] Parthie[!]. [BWV 846-893]

Le Clavecin bien tempéré ou Preludes et Fugues dans tous les Tons et Demitons du Mode majeur et mineur par J. Seb. Bach. I [-II] Parthie[!]. [BWV 846-893]

Vienne ... Leipsic: Hoffmeister & Comp. ... Bureau de Musique [PNs 53, 91], ca.1801-03.

2 volumes bound in one. Oblong folio. Modern marbled boards with dark orange title label gilt to spine. [1] (title), 2-87, [i] (blank) pp.; [1] (title), 2-97, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved throughout.

With performance markings including fingering in a modern hand in pencil and in a 19th century hand in ink, the earlier markings mostly in Vol. II.

Some browning, a bit heavier to title of Vol. I; occasional minor wear, edge tears, and offsetting; old paper repairs to blank margins of first three leaves of Vol. I, including title, and final leaf of Vol. II.

Schmeider Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (2nd edition), p. 655. Schneider, p. 100. Hoboken I, 96 and 99. Fuld, p. 118. RISM B501 (no copies located in the US; Worldcat, however, records a copy of both volumes in the Riemenschneider Memorial Bach Library at Baldwin-Wallace College).

Hoffmeister initially issued the WTC in 13 installments under the editorship of J. N. Forkel beginning in April 1801 and ending in June 1803; it would thus seem likely that the complete volumes were issued after June 1803. Professor Yo Tomita e-mail, 2010

"... in 1722, Das wohltemperirte Clavier (book 1 of the ‘48’), with its 24 preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys, surpassing, in logic, in format and in musical quality, all earlier endeavours of the same kind by other masters, such as J.C.F. Fischer’s Ariadne musica. The work shows a perfectly balanced contrast between free and strict styles, each represented by several different types of prelude and fugue. Bach’s writing in book 1 of the ‘48’ in the most varied fugues – from two- to five-part, in a wide range of styles – represents the culmination of a 20-year process of maturation and stands unparalleled in the history of music." Christoph Wolff and Walter Emery in Grove Music Online

"The Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC) is probably Bach's most famous if not most widely played work. This was already true during the half-century following his death; ... the publication of three editions at the beginning of the nineteenth century (by Simrock, Nägeli and Hoffmeister) was one of the first manifestations of the so-called Bach Revival." Schulenberg: The Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach, p. 160.

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