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Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870-893

German Title

Das Wohltemeprierte Clavier, Teil II

English Title

The Well-Tempered-Clavier, Book II (WTC 2)

French Title

Le Clavier bien tempéré, Livre II

Spanish Title

El clave bien temperado, Librito II

Works

Preludes & Fugues (24), for keyboard, BWV 870-893
Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 870
Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 871
Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 872
Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 873
Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 874
Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875
Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 876
Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 877
Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV 878
Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 879
Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV 880
Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 881
Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 882
Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883
Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 884
Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 885
Prelude & Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 886
Prelude & Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 887
Prelude & Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV 888
Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV 889
Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 890
Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891
Prelude & Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV 892
Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 893

Scoring

Harpsichord

Score

References

Composed

BGA

NBA

BC

First Published

BWV 846-869

c1740

XIV

V/6.2

L104-127

Bonn, 1801

Music

Music Examples

Contents

Recordings | Reviews | Discussions | Articles | Links

Recordings

Complete Recordings - 1900-1949
Complete Recordings - 1950-1959
Complete Recordings - 1960-1969
Complete Recordings - 1970-1979
Complete Recordings - 1980-1989
Complete Recordings - 1990-1999
Complete Recordings - 2000-2009
Complete Recordings - 2010-2019

Reviews

Reviews of Well-Tempered Clavier Book I:
Comparative Review: Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Review: Bach's Well Tempered Clavier from Barenboim
Review: Well-Tempered Clavier Book I - played by Daniel Barenboim
Review: Till Fellner Records Bach's Well Tempered Clavier Book I
Review: Fischer’s WTC I on Naxos
Review: Bach's Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Pierre Hantai
Review: Bach’s WTC - One More Time
Review: Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Christiane Jaccottet
Review: Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Kirkpatrick
Review: Ton Koopman’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1
Review: Bach’s Well Temepred Clavier Book 1 from a Legend
Review: Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 from Robert Levin
Review: Bach & Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues from Olli Mustonen
Review: Edward Parmentier Plays Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
Review: Richter’s WTC Book 1 (3 Parts)
Review: Schepkin’s Well Tempered Clavier, Book I (10 Parts)
Review: WTC Book I - Tureck (1975-1976)
Reviews of Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II:
Review: A Terrific Trio of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier
Review: Review: WTC By Ottavio Dantone
Review: Samuel Feinberg’s Well Tempered Clavier (3 Parts)
Review: Hewitt's recordings of the Well Tempered Clavier
Review: Nikolayeva’s WTC
Review: WTC Ruzickova

Discussions

Discussions of Well-Tempered Clavier Book I:
General Discussions: Part 1
Discussions: WTC 1 BWV 846-869 - played by Till Fellner
Discussions of Well-Tempered Clavier Book II:
General Discussions: Part 1

Articles

Article: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier -  Pitch, Tuning and Temperament Design [C. Francis]

Article: The Hänfling/Bümler Temperament - A Trigger for Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier? [T. Braatz]
Article: Implication of Bach’s Title "Well Tempered Clavier" [P. Metcalf]

Links

   

Title

Description

Author/Webmaster

Well-Tempered Clavier

Composition history, Later significance and influence, What tuning did Bach intend?, References, External links

Wikipedia

The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893

Composition Description

John Palmer / AMG

BACH - Well Tempered Clavier - complete recordings of both books [N/A]

Recording list

Ron / University at Albany

J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

MIDI Files

S.D. Rodian

Debby Lyttle's Home Page

A couple of short essays on the Well Tempered Clavier and Brandenburg Concertos

Debby Lyttle

Johann Sebastian Bach: the Well Tempered Tuning is Unequal

Technical essay, which instructs the reader about the correct harpsichord tuning for the WTC

Dr. Herbert A. Kellner

Music of Sacred Temperament

A Method for the WTC by J.S. Bach 2001 - A fiction

Iori Fujita

The Well Tempered Clavier

A Comment for the WTC - by Count Hermann Carl von Keyserlingk in 1744

Iori Fujita

Well-Tempered Clavier: analysis, scores, and digital sound

Interactive analyses of Bach fugues with complete scores synchronized with digital sound and hyperlinked commentary.

Tim Smith & and David Korevaar

Cracking the "Bach" Code - Breakthrough WTC Recording

Peter Watchorn's WTC 1 reviewed in American Record Guide by Peter
Catalano

Catalano

Bach's Art of Temperament

Article

Bradley Lehman

Bach's Extraordinary Temperament: Our Rosetta Stone

Article

Bradley Lehman

Johann Sebastian Bach's Tuning

Website

Bradley

Temperament derived from the 1722 title page

Article (1999) [German]

Andreas Sparschuh

The “Bach Temperament”:

Article

Kenneth Mobbs & Alexander Mackenzie

How tuned Bach?:

Discussion group

YahooGroups

J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier - In-depth Analysis and Interpretation

Full text of the 1951 book

Siglind Bruhn

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemeprierte Clavier

Animated visualizations of the music [shockwave required]

Tim Smith / Northern Arizona University

J.S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier

This website intends to provide input in developing practically applicable concepts to improve the understanding and interpretation of JS Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, whether one uses the piano, the harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or any other instrument.

Philip Goeth

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Prepared by Aryeh Oron (February 2007 - September 2011)

Well Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 846-869: Details
Recordings:
1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019
Comparative Review:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
WTC I - D. Barenboim [D. Satz] | WTC I - D. Barenboim [P. Bright] | WTC I - L. Beausejouir & A. Vieru | WTC I - T. Fellner | WTC I - E. Fischer | WTC I - M. Horszowski | WTC I - C. Jaccottet | WTC I - R. Kirkpatrick | WTC I - T. Koopman | WTC I - W. Landowska | WTC I - R. Levin | WTC I - O. Mustonen | WTC I - E. Parmentier | WTC I - S. Richter | WTC I - S. Schepkin
General Discussions:
Part 1
Discussions of Individual Recordings:
WTC I - T. Fellner
Well Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870-893: Details
Recordings:
1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019
Comparative Review:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
WTC II - D. Barenboim [P. Bright] | WTC II - G. Cooper | WTC II - F. Gulda | WTC II - A. Hewitt | WTC II - R. Kirkpatrick | WTC II - J. Middleton
General Discussions:
Part 1
Well Tempered Clavier Books I&II, BWV 846-893:
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
WTC I&II - B.v. Asperen, S. Ross & G. Wilson | WTC I&II - E. Crochet | WTC I&II - O. Dantone | WTC I&II - S. Feinberg | WTC I&II - A. Hewitt | WTC II&II - T. Nikolayeva | WTC II&II - L. Thiry [N. Halliday] | WTC I&II - Z. Ruzickova

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