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Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 846-869

German Title

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier

English Title

The Well-Tempered-Clavier, Book I / Part 1 (WTC 1)

French Title

Le Clavier bien tempéré, Premier livre

Spanish Title

 

Works

Preludes & Fugues (24), BWV 846-869
Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846
Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847
Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848
Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 849
Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 850
Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851
Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 852
Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853
Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV 854
Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855
Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV 856
Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 857
Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 858
Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 859
Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 860
Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861
Prelude & Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 862
Prelude & Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 863
Prelude & Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV 864
Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV 865
Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 866
Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867
Prelude & Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV 868
Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869

Scoring

Harpsichord

Score

References

Composed

BGA

NBA

BC

First Published

BWV 846-869

Before 1722

XIV

V/6.1

L80-103

Bonn, 1801

Music

Music Examples

Contents

Recordings | Reviews | Discussions | Articles | Links

Recordings

Complete Recordings - 1900-1949
Complete Recordings - 1950-1959
Complete Recordings - 1960-1969
Complete Recordings - 1970-1979
Complete Recordings - 1980-1989
Complete Recordings - 1990-1999
Complete Recordings - 2000-2009
Complete Recordings - 2010-2019

Reviews

Reviews of Well-Tempered Clavier Book I:
Comparative Review: Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Review: Bach's Well Tempered Clavier from Barenboim
Review: Well-Tempered Clavier Book I - played by Daniel Barenboim
Review: Till Fellner Records Bach's Well Tempered Clavier Book I
Review: Fischer’s WTC I on Naxos
Review: Bach's Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Pierre Hantai
Review: Bach’s WTC - One More Time
Review: Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Christiane Jaccottet
Review: Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Kirkpatrick
Review: Ton Koopman’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1
Review: Bach’s Well Temepred Clavier Book 1 from a Legend
Review: Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Robert Levin
Review: Bach & Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues from Olli Mustonen
Review: Edward Parmentier Plays Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
Review: Richter’s WTC Book 1 (3 Parts)
Review: Schepkin’s Well Tempered Clavier, Book I (10 Parts)
Review: WTC Book I - Tureck (1975-1976)
Reviews of Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II:
Review: A Terrific Trio of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier
Review: Review: WTC By Ottavio Dantone
Review: Samuel Feinberg’s Well Tempered Clavier (3 Parts)
Review: Hewitt's recordings of the Well Tempered Clavier
Review: Nikolayeva’s WTC
Review: WTC Ruzickova

Discussions

Discussions of Well-Tempered Clavier Book I:
General Discussions: Part 1
Discussions: WTC 1 BWV 846-869 - played by Till Fellner

Articles

Article: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier -  Pitch, Tuning and Temperament Design [C. Francis]

Article: The Hänfling/Bümler Temperament - A Trigger for Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier? [T. Braatz]
Article: Implication of Bach’s Title "Well Tempered Clavier" [P. Metcalf]

Links

   

Title

Description

Author/Webmaster

Well-Tempered Clavier

Composition history, Later significance and influence, What tuning did Bach intend?, References, External links

Wikipedia

The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869

Composition Description

Robert Cummings / AMG

BACH - Well Tempered Clavier - complete recordings of both books [N/A]

Recording list

Ron / University at Albany

J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

MIDI Files

S.D. Rodian

Debby Lyttle's Home Page

A couple of short essays on the Well Tempered Clavier and Brandenburg Concertos

Debby Lyttle

Johann Sebastian Bach: the Well Tempered Tuning is Unequal

Technical essay, which instructs the reader about the correct harpsichord tuning for the WTC

Dr. Herbert A. Kellner

The Variations Project

The full score of the WTC Book 1

Indiana University School of Music

Bach, Well-tempered Clavier Bk 1, Part 1

Preludes and Fugues 1-13 from Book 1 of Bach's WTC. MP3.com

John L. Grant

Bach, Well-tempered Clavier, Bk 1, Part 2

Preludes & fugues 14-24 from Book 1 of Bach's WTC. MP3.com

John L. Grant

The Well Tempered Clavier BWV 846-869

Commentary

Dr. Carol Traupman-Carr / Bach 101

Music of Sacred Temperament

A Method for the WTC by J.S. Bach 2001 - A fiction

Iori Fujita

The Well Tempered Clavier

A Comment for the WTC - by Count Hermann Carl von Keyserlingk in 1744

Iori Fujita

Well-Tempered Clavier: analysis, scores, and digital sound

Interactive analyses of Bach fugues with complete scores synchronized with digital sound and hyperlinked commentary.

Tim Smith & and DKorevaar

Cracking the "Bach" Code - Breakthrough WTC Recording

Peter Watchorn's WTC 1 reviewed in American Record Guide by Peter
Catalano

Catalano

Bach's Art of Temperament

Article

Bradley Lehman

Bach's Extraordinary Temperament: Our Rosetta Stone

Article

Bradley Lehman

Johann Sebastian Bach's Tuning

Website

Bradley Lehman

Temperament derived from the 1722 title page

Article (1999) [German]

Andreas Sparschuh

The “Bach Temperament”:

Article

Kenneth Mobbs & Alexander Mackenzie

How tuned Bach?:

Discussion group

YahooGroups

J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier - In-depth Analysis and Interpretation

Full text of the 1951 book

Siglind Bruhn

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemeprierte Clavier

Animated visualizations of the music [shockwave required]

Tim Smith / Northern Arizona University

J.S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier

This website intends to provide input in developing practically applicable concepts to improve the understanding and interpretation of JS Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, whether one uses the piano, the harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or any other instrument.

Philip Goeth

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Prepared by Aryeh Oron (December 2006 - September 2011)
Thanks to contributors: Thomas Braatz (December 2006), Bradley Lehman (December 2006)

Well Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 846-869: Details
Recordings:
1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019
Comparative Review:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
WTC I - D. Barenboim [D. Satz] | WTC I - D. Barenboim [P. Bright] | WTC I - L. Beausejouir & A. Vieru | WTC I - T. Fellner | WTC I - E. Fischer | WTC I - M. Horszowski | WTC I - C. Jaccottet | WTC I - R. Kirkpatrick | WTC I - T. Koopman | WTC I - W. Landowska | WTC I - R. Levin | WTC I - O. Mustonen | WTC I - E. Parmentier | WTC I - S. Richter | WTC I - S. Schepkin
General Discussions:
Part 1
Discussions of Individual Recordings:
WTC I - T. Fellner
Well Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870-893: Details
Recordings:
1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019
Comparative Review:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
WTC II - D. Barenboim [P. Bright] | WTC II - G. Cooper | WTC II - F. Gulda | WTC II - A. Hewitt | WTC II - R. Kirkpatrick | WTC II - J. Middleton
General Discussions:
Part 1
Well Tempered Clavier Books I&II, BWV 846-893:
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
WTC I&II - B.v. Asperen, S. Ross & G. Wilson | WTC I&II - E. Crochet | WTC I&II - O. Dantone | WTC I&II - S. Feinberg | WTC I&II - A. Hewitt | WTC II&II - T. Nikolayeva | WTC II&II - L. Thiry [N. Halliday] | WTC I&II - Z. Ruzickova

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