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Musical Notes: A Bach Moment
Well-Tempered Friday

Andras Schiff

Nothing can be said about Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier that isn’t said better by listening to it: no amount of analysis, and please, no amount of deconstruction, could hope to explain what’s simultaneously inexplicable and as sublime as music gets. This particular prelude and fugue, the Twelfth Night in Book II of the WTC (in f minor) is, I think, among the more accessible of the 48 pieces: The prelude is melodious, simple (or at least sounds that way even though nothing is with Bach), and wonderfully melancholy, like a memory in the form of a question with just the teasing of an answer. The fugue continues that tension between the melodious and something insistent or distressing I can’t put my finger on, and equally satisfying no matter how often I hear it. Andras Schiff gives it a lyrical interpretation, as if inventing here and there what answers Bach might have left hanging for the plucking.

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