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Bach -- Inventions & Sinfonias (2 & 3 Part Inventions)

By Valery Lloyd-Watts

By Valery Lloyd-Watts. By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Willard A. Palmer. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork CD Edition. Baroque; Masterwork. Book and CD. 116 pages. Alfred Music #00-22521. Published by Alfred Music (AP.22521).

Item Number: AP.22521

ISBN 9780739036860. English.

This historically accurate edition contains a wealth of background information information on ornamentation, dotted rhythms in the Baroque style, and the recommended tempos and guidelines for performing the works on the piano. Bach's writing is carefully separated from the editorial suggestions in light gray print. A wealth of footnotes compare the various sources consulted. Students, teachers and professional pianists will find this volume invaluable. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance. The Alfred Masterwork CD Editions conveniently combine each exceptional volume with a professionally recorded CD that is sure to inspire artistic performances.

Pianist Valery Lloyd-Watts studied at the Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Royal College of Music in London. She earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied with Paul Badura-Skoda. She co-authored the text Studying Suzuki Piano: More than Music, which was endorsed by Dr. Suzuki.

  • Invention No. 1 (C Major) 
  • Invention No. 2 (C Minor) 
  • Invention No. 3 (D Major) 
  • Invention No. 4 (D Minor) 
  • Invention No. 5 (E-flat Major) 
  • Invention No. 6 (E Major) 
  • Invention No. 7 (E Minor) 
  • Invention No. 8 (F Major) 
  • Invention No. 9 (F Minor) 
  • Invention No. 10 (G Major) 
  • Invention No. 11 (G Minor) 
  • Invention No. 12 (A Major) 
  • Invention No. 13 (A Minor) 
  • Invention No. 14 (B flat Major) 
  • Invention No. 15 (B Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 1 (C Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 2 (C Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 3 (D Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 4 (D Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 5 (E flat Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 6 (E Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 7 (E Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 8 (F Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 9 (F Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 10 (G Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 11 (G Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 12 (A Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 13 (A Minor) 
  • Sinfonia No. 14 (B-flat Major) 
  • Sinfonia No. 15 (B Minor) 

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  • 5

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  • January 30, 2012 @Piano performer

    I am a freshman in high school and I play Bach. Who cares about when you're "supposed" to play it, who cares about when you're "supposed" to play anything. In my opinion, everybody makes to big a deal about "oh you have to play this because you are...

    this old" and "oh this is this grade" and bla bla bla. This music is tough but not advanced and it's not like Liszt or anything like that. It's accessible to high school students ( the 2part ones to middle schoolers).

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    Kevin Coan
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  • December 14, 2009 Outstanding Student Edition

    This is perhaps the best student edition of the Bach Inventions on the market. The text of the music is from reliable, authentic sources. The editing uses grey print for all editorial additions. Ornaments are properly explained and are in keeping with Bach's instructions for how to play his...

    music. The fingering is reliable and practical for students. The CD performance is a superior rendition that demonstrates the proper performance of Bach's music. There just isn't anything wrong with this publication! A great idea is to have the student purchase both this edition and a good urtext, such as Henle, Peters (Landschaft), Vienna Urtext, or Barenreiter. The student can study this edition to learn the performance techniques and ornaments, but then learn to play from the unedited music of the urtext. If you can only afford one edition, this is the one to get! Only the new Schirmer Performing edition even comes close.

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  • January 29, 2009 Good!

    We liked the title, were surprised to see a plastic almost-spiral binding, but as the piano teacher said it makes it easier to keep it open on the music stand.

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  • March 13, 2008 Bach is hard

    This is a good book and explains trills and rythms and other musical challenges right there on the page for you in a simply and easy manner. But Bach itself is not easy. I would not recommend this book or any bach unless you are with a private professional piano...

    teacher. Remember, Bach is meant for right before college and is an advanced level. Also, Your not suppost to be able to sight read Bach the first time perfect so, don't get up set.

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