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Bach: Fast Or Slow?

Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:06 am

I'm currently playing a few pieces by Bach (namely the preludes form English Suites 2 and 5), and I just found myself wondering how fast his pieces should be played. Fast, to make the piece more interesting but harder to play? Or slow, easier to play and to keep a "baroque" feel to it?

Thoughts?
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RE: Bach: Fast Or Slow?

Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:46 am

Many interpretations of Bach (at least those committed to recordings that I have heard) are taken at a fairly brisk tempo, and I question whether that was the tempo originally conceived by the composer. I tend to prefer up-tempo pieces, but a somewhat slower tempo might be more "authentic."

Then again, I could be wrong. Wink
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RE: Bach: Fast Or Slow?

Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:49 am

Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Thread starter):
I'm currently playing a few pieces by Bach (namely the preludes form English Suites 2 and 5), and I just found myself wondering how fast his pieces should be played. Fast, to make the piece more interesting but harder to play? Or slow, easier to play and to keep a "baroque" feel to it?

This won't help you much but nonetheless I say play it how you feel it should be played. By the way on what do you play them. For a "real" baroque feeling you would probably need a harpsichord. Therefore I (and I don't play an instrument) would say don't be impressed form the baroque origin.

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RE: Bach: Fast Or Slow?

Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:05 am

Quoting Pelican (Reply 2):
By the way on what do you play them. For a "real" baroque feeling you would probably need a harpsichord.

I play them on the piano (I also play the organ), but I would really like to try a harpsichord one day.

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