Prelude in B-flat Major by JS Bach

History of the Composition

by Johann Sebastian Bach ( March 31st, 1685 – July 28th, 1750)

JS Bach was a German composer and musician, and is regarded as one of the most famous composers of all time. Bach played the organ, and the keyboard (early piano), and composed music for orchestra, violin, cello, and many other instruments and ensembles.

This Prelude in Bb Major is from the Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major from the Well Tempered Clavier, a set of 48 Preludes and Fugues.

More about the composition.

Personal Note

For me, his music is deeply rewarding to play because of its intricate counterpoint melodies in both the right and the left hand. The beauty of Bach’s melodies and the interweaving of the various themes and motives are awe-inspiring.

This music is very deep, it’s very intellectual, it’s intricate. There’s lots of right hand notes, lots of left hand notes and they all intertwine and intermingle like a beautiful tapestry. One thing you’ll notice about Bach’s music is he’ll take a few notes of melody and then repeat them either going up the piano or down the piano. There are some examples in this video introduction from the Invention in F major and the B-flat major Prelude that illustrate this point perfectly.

I think you’re really going to enjoy listening to the video of this piece. It’s really fun to play.

Thank you for reading, listening and watching! Enjoy!!

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