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Is There Expression in Bach

Peter Takács

Is There Expression in Bach

"The question is often asked: "Is there emotion in Bach?" Through cantabile works such as the Andante from the Italian Concerto and the C# minor Prelude from the Well Tempered Clavier Book I, I will show that the answer is an emphatic "yes", but that we must understand Baroque style, avoid "personal" emotion, and realize that Bach's religious faith is deeply reflected in his music."