The Well-Tempered Clavier – Part 1

Walkthrough - Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor (2)

Prelude: Bars 7 - 9

Grouping the semiquavers (16th notes) 1234 1234 emphasises the main beats in the most obvious and square way: Grouping them differently allows interesting patterns to emerge. It is more the way we feel or think the groupings than doing anything too obvious that would disrupt to the smooth flow. I have indicated one or two possibilities over the next few bars. These are suggestions only, so feel free to experiment with groupings such as 2341; 3412; and 4123. Listening to the interplay between one hand and the other also adds colour and...

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