Selected Preludes and Fugues
- J.S.Bach arr.Alun Cook
- 2 Bb Clarinets with Bass Clarinet
These selected Preludes and Fugues from Book 1 of the "Well-tempered Klavier" are arranged in suitable keys for the instruments, rather than necessarily their original keys. Bach gave only occasional indications of speed but interpretation amongst pianists vary wildly, for instance the recordings of Fugue 19 vary from a relaxed dotted-crotchet=72 to a manic dotted-crotchet=102, and likewise Prelude 18 performances range between quaver=90 and quaver=150. Some performers play metronomically as if automatons, whilst others think they are playing Mahler, so any interpretation seems to be accepted. My suggested speeds reflect my performances on the accompanying MP3s.
There are 3 matching sets of Preludes and Fugues, 1 mix-and-match pair which suit each other, and 4 individuals pieces that seemed too good to leave out. It is possible to play from a shared score (page turns) or from the individual parts.