3. Praeludium: Bach
When approaching Bach from these viewpoints have to be considered, keeping in mind the intention of Bach for cleanliness and distinctness of note accuracy.
A performer should include these things alongside dynamics that enhance the performance rather than overpower it.
For an educational perspective the importance of understanding the scales, chords and sevenths can be amply demonstrated by practising these before performing the piece. Additionally the focused rehearsal of the mordent will prepare the learner for a successful performance experience.
To benefit from the content of this piece the learner should consider the hand span as the work contains a number of seventh and octave jumps. The learner should have nimble and loose fingers to effectively execute the mordents.
From the performer, educators may draw the requirement of practice of elements of the piece prior to attempting the whole and the due consideration given to the method of playing propounded by Mr Bach.
Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)
Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher