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    Hello-

    I need a Bach Prelude and Fugue as an audition piece for next semester, fulfilling my baroque requirement. I haven't played through any of bach's preludes or fugues yet, but here are the pieces I am working on/have finished recently to give you an idea of my ability level.

    Beethoven- Sonata No. 9 Op. 14 no. 1 Allegro
    Bach- 2 part inventions 1 and 4
    Chopin- E min Prelude, Raindrop prelude, Nocturne in F minor
    Satie- Gymnopedie no.1, Gnossienne no. 3

    So I'm still working on easier repertoire at the moment, but I need a prelude and fugue that will demonstrate proficiency while not taking me any more than a few months to have performance ready. Any ideas?

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    The first one I played was Book I Prelude and Fugue in D Major. The one in C Major (also Book I) would probably be easy to learn but may be frowned upon since the prelude is so simple. Book I c minor is a good one too.

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    Hey, I suggest you to work on a 1st J.S. Bach GTK (first tome of well tempered klavier preludes and fugues). You could try learning the c minor and d minor. These pieces are a good start of Bach. Also, you could try some of the chorale preludes. Furthermore, I really suggest you to learn D. Shostakovich. The 1st prelude and fugue in C major are quite easy and also deep and moreover it is a poliphony which has a new XX. century style and reason. Good luck!

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    *Edit* I've recently learnt the D. Shostakovich prelude in C major, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOdtu3CEt8s here is the link. Don't be shy to state your opinion :>

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    When I went for my conservatory entrance exam I played the Prélude and Fugue in B major from the first book. It's probably one of the easiest, because the key with it's many blacks makes it easier to position your hand for polyphony.

    The first one I played was Book I Prelude and Fugue in D Major. The one in C Major (also Book I) would probably be easy to learn.
    The fugue of the c major of the first book is very hard.
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Book I : D minor and E minor, the former fugue if you can handle brilliant trills with both hands and the latter (an exceptional two part one) if you have a good normal extension between your fingers.

    P.S. In a totally review I find Bach Preludes and Fugues all too hard, maturity needed in both technique and musicality to play them pretty perfect well.
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    I concur.

    I tried playing some inventions the other day and barely managed. After 4 years of PnFs...
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Quote Originally Posted by arrigatolt View Post
    *Edit* I've recently learnt the D. Shostakovich prelude in C major, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOdtu3CEt8s here is the link. Don't be shy to state your opinion :>
    Very good job! It's difficult to go wrong with the Shostakovich Prelude and Fugues

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    The easiest of them all is the C minor in Book I (in my opinion) but that one is probably the most played. The prelude for the Bb minor in Book I is pretty easy. The fugue is a 5 voice fugue, but it is slow. The difficulty just comes in careful fingering (which isn't my strong suit), but if you have solid fingering, check it out!

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BzbRvrf_KU[/yt]

    Not the best performance, but at least you can see the hands and keys pretty well.

    [EDIT: Who's bringing up these old threads? This is 4 years old!!!!]
    Last edited by Romantic Geek; Apr-19-2012 at 12:35.
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