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JS Bach

Instrumental Works

Inventions and Sinfonia

Bach's collection of Inventions and Sinfonia, Aufrichtige Anleitung, demonstrates his pragmatic approach to musical science as a teacher. This collection was written for private instrumental lessons. Bach's didactic experience and musical scholarship is demonstrated in the title:

    Aufrichtige Anleitung, wherein the lovers of the clavier, and expecially those desirous of learning, are shown a clear way not only to learn to play clearly in two voices but also, after further progress, to deal correctly and well with three obbligato parts; furthermore, at the same time not only to have good inventiones but to develop the same well and, above all, to arrive at a singing style in playing and at the same time to acquire a strong foretaste of composition.

Though the collection was not composed specifically for Leipzig, it probably went far to impress Bach's employers, the authorities in Leipzig.

Organ Music. Bach's early works, pre-Weimar, through his late works at Leipzig.

String Keyboard (clavier) music. Covers the Bach's significant pieces.

The Well-Tempered Clavier. The best known of Bach's clavier works.

Suites and Partitas. Bach's clavier suites and partitas.

Goldberg Variations. This aria with thirty variations is representative of Baroque theme and variations.
Solo music for other instruments. Compositions primarily from Bach's period in Cöthen including his cello suites.

Orchestral music. Examples of Baroque concertos and suites, including Air on the G String and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Inventions and Sinfonia. Two sets of fifteen contrapuntal pieces written for teaching purposes.
Canons. Bach's canonic variations.

Musical Offering. Based on a theme given to Bach by Frederick the Great.

Art of Fugue. Bach's final collection of fugues and canons.

Unfinished fugue. Last in the Art of Fugue, this fugue is formed from the letters of Bach's name.