Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude for keyboard in C major, BWV 933 (BC L64) (Six Little Preludes No. 1)

    Description by James Reel

    This miniature is the first of six little preludes for beginners that Bach jotted down between 1717 and 1723. Bach wrote these for use with his students and never intended them to be publicly performed; indeed, they weren't even published until 1802. The C major prelude consists of two brief sections, repeated as a pair, followed by a variation on each section, again repeated as a pair. The first segment demands complete independence of the right and left hands, with the right hand playing material that is part fanfare, part dance, and the left providing a busy accompaniment. The bass material becomes more rudimentary in the second segment, as the treble indulges in hyperactive passagework. The fanfare-dance melody invites extra ornamentation upon its repeat. The variation half of this prelude makes minimal changes to the basic material, mainly brightening it by lifting the slightly altered melody into a higher register.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Erato 557841
    2015 Naïve OP 30564
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 Archive / Deutsche Grammophon
    2015 Naxos 8573087
    2015 Sony Classical 88875069952
    2012 Sony Classical 88725423932
    2010 Hyperion 4442135
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 Dynamic 629
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4778049
    2007 CBS Masterworks 714847
    2007 Cascade Records 2100
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Aeolus Music 10034
    2005 Sony Classical Essential Classics 518509
    2004 The Digital Entertainment Network / Digital Entertainment Netw ralphpress2
    2003 Ligia 104123
    2003 Sony Classical 93016
    2002 Sony Classical 87767
    2002 Sony Classical Essential Classics 87767
    2001 Dorian DOR93241
    2001 Haenssler 92568
    2000 Haenssler 92107
    2000 Sony Music Distribution 60278
    2000 Lyrichord 8047
    2000 Sony Classical 89344
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25715-2
    1999 Intersound 3744
    1995 Hyperion 67121
    1995 Capriccio Records 210
    1995 Archiv Produktion 4472782
    1995 Swedish Society Discofil 1077
    1994 BIS 589
    1994 Sony Music Distribution 52597
    1993 Pearl 9489
    Brilliant 93102-VOL2
    Brilliant 93102/44
    CBS Records Masterworks 424022
    Cascade Records 2117
    P&P Classica