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Comparing the Editions: Bach Well Tempered Clavier

Dmitry Rachmanov

Comparing the Editions: Bach Well Tempered Clavier

What’s in the Edition? In the case of the Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, the evolution of our
perception of this groundbreaking work, its stylistic and technical means, has developed,
undergoing drastic transformations and modifications over the centuries.
When studying and comparing editions, no other work lends itself to more numerous outlooks,
including textual variants as well as added resources, such as tempo and expression markings,
dynamics, suggested articulation, fingerings, pedal marks and more. We also have the
opportunity to acquaint ourselves with commentaries and critical notes, the fruits of in-depth
research provided by some of the editors, shedding a new light on the scores and their
interpretive possibilities.