Transcribed and performed by
JEAN GUILLOU, ORGAN
Recorded at the Kleuker organ
of Notre-Dame des Neiges,
Alpe d'Huez, France.
"Clavier-Übung (keyboard exercise) consisting of an Aria with diverse variations for 2-manual harpsichord, dedicated to music-lovers to gladden their hearts, by J.S. Bach, composer to the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, Kapellmeister and Civic Director of Music for Leipzig. Edited by Balthasar Schmid at Nuremberg." So runs the very modest title for a peice of harpsichord literature that can be described only as a work of towering complexity and of the most profound expressive grandeur. Its richness derives on the one hand from its great number of rhythmic figures (only, perhaps with Stravinsky does such profusion again occur), and on the other hand from a composing style that makes use of almost all the possible canonic intervals and inversions.
- Jean Guillou (Translation by Frederick M. Gaviller)
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