Bach, Prelude 22, Book 2, Well-Tempered Clavier, B-flat min. BWV 891





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Uploaded on Aug 13, 2009


Prelude 22 in B-flat minor from Book II of J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, arranged for woodwind quartet by Stephen Malinowski.

Q: I'd like to play this arrangement with my (string/woodwind/brass/) quartet; where can I get the parts?
A: A version for string quartet is listed on this page
If that doesn't work for you, send me an email, and I'll do what I can do

Q: Hey, wait a second! The prelude is a trio --- how did you make it a quartet?
A: If you look at the bar-graph score, you'll see how. The colored bars are the original notes (transposed from B-flat minor to D minor); you'll see that there are only three of these at any one time (except at a few points where a note is held longer, so there's a little overlap). The gray notes are the ones I added. Most often, I'm adding the bass note that's implied by the harmony of the other three parts, but I do a few other things.

Q: Who is playing this piece?
A: Nobody. I put the score into the notation program Sibelius, and played it back from that. I adjusted the dynamics and articulation a fair amount.

Q: Has this arrangement ever been performed in public?
A: I'm not sure. I originally did the arrangement for the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, and they might have performed it. I heard them rehearsing it once.

Q: Is there a way I could make the bar-graph scores myself?
A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate this display; you can get the (Windows) software here:
There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first:

Q: Could you please do a MAM video of _________?
A: First, check my "to do" list:
http://www.musanim.com/all/MAMToDoLis... ...
If the piece isn't listed, read the "Could you please do a MAM video of _________?" item on my main FAQ:
http://www.musanim.com/mam/mamfaq.htm... ...
and if you think I'd consider doing it, email me (stephen at musanim dot com).

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