204lect2 - Lecture 2 Short Summary and Terms Today, well be...

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Lecture 2 – Short Summary and Terms Today, we’ll be studying our first musical example, J.S. Bach’s Partita #1 in B flat major (BWV 825) for keyboard. Here, the word “Partita” is most often equated with “German suite.” (It is also used to mean “variations.”) Bach did not play the piano, although he likely encountered pianos on visits to Dresden and Potsdam. His use of the German word “Clavier” denotes “keyboard instrument.” Of the four publications that make up the Clavierübung (literally, “keyboard practice”), the first, second and fourth are for harpsichord, while the third is for organ. (Theoretically, “Clavier” or “Klavier” could also include the clavichord, but the Partitas do not highlight any of the special capabilities of that instrument.) The B-flat Partita was the first work Bach ever published. It appeared on its own in 1726, and later as part of the Clavierübung I. I’ll be playing the complete Partita for you on the harpsichord, stopping along the way to
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