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Bach was a German Composer of the Baroque Era. He was born in 1685 and died in 1750. He is a prominent figure for Baroque keyboard music. Any pianist is expected to learn his Prelude and Fugues, Partitas, Suites, and other works.

Bach Prelude and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier

The Bach Preludes and the Bach Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier feature prelude and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys. In all, there are two Well-Tempered Clavier books and there are 48 prelude and fugues in all. The most recommended editions are ranked from top (highest) to bottom (lowest).

Barenreiter Urtext

The most recommended edition for Bach’s Prelude and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier. This Barenreiter Urtext Edition is a reproduction of the New Bach Edition. The editor Alfred Duerr writes a preface which explains the sources for the edition,  and performance practices, such as how to play the ornaments. This edition contains two versions of the Prelude and Fugues, one edited and one unedited, so that the musician can have better insights on what the composer’s original intent was for the pieces. This edition contains no fingering suggestions. 

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ABSRM Edition

Edited by Richard Jones. This is the best selling edition of Bach’s Prelude and Fugues in the U.K. It features introductory notes and excellent performance practice suggestions. The overall layout is aesthetically pleasing and easy to read. Each edition contains over 150 pages.

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Wiener/Vienna Urtext

This edition is edited by Walther Dehnhard. This edition features high quality precision, easy reading, and strong binding. Please read the home page for more information on Wiener/Vienna Urtext.

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Henle Verlag Urtext

The Henle Verlag Urtext is currently the most trustworthy edition of Bach. While it is a bit pricey, this will be the best edition of Bach you can find. All of the Bach preludes and the Bach Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier can be found in part 1 and part 2 of this edition.

This edition is edited by Ernst-Günter Heinemann
with fingering by András Schiff.

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Prelude and Fugues (Part 1)

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THE Well-tempered Clavier – Revised Edition Part I, BWV 846-869 (Henle Music Folios)

Prelude and Fugues (Part 2)

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Well-Tempered Clavier Bwv 870-893 Part Ii

Alfred Masterwork Edition

Editors Willard Palmer and Judith Schneider worked on this edition of the Bach Prelude and Fugues. These editions come with a 25 page introduction, explaining the history behind the Well-Tempered Clavier and the process of creating an accurate edition for these pieces. This edition comes with a plastic comb binding, fingering suggestions, dynamic suggestions, tempo suggestions, and footnotes. Because of the large print, these editions contain over 200 pages.

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Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol 1 (Comb Bound Book) (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

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Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol 2: Comb Bound Book (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

 Dover Edition

The Dover Edition of Bach Prelude and Fugues is the most inexpensive edition. This edition is reproduction of the expired Bach-Gesellschaft edition, a very trustworthy edition for Bach’s music. The score does not feature editor markings.

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Prelude and Fugues – Bach Prelude and Fugues

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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I and II, Complete (Dover Music for Piano)

Kalmus Edition

This edition is edited by Dr. Hans Bischoff. It also includes a preface and a table of embellishments written by the editor. This edition has good spacing in the sheet music, which makes it easy to read the music, and footnotes that explains the ornamentation. Some musicians complain about the ink quality of the sheet music however, saying that it is too light. This edition has small print, and the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier fit in this one edition. It is also light and portable.

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The Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume II: 48 Preludes and Fugues for Piano (Kalmus Edition)

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Schirmer Edition

The Schirmer edition of Bach Prelude and Fugues contains markings such as dynamic changes and tempo changes by the editor Carl Czerny.

Caution: This edition is known for having typos and missing notes. If price is a factor in your decision to purchase quality sheet music, this site recommends buying the Dover edition instead.

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Prelude and Fugues

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Well Tempered Clavier – Book 1 (Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics Vo. 13)

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Well Tempered Clavier: 48 Preludes and Fugues for the Piano Book 2 Vol 14

Bach Partitas

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Richard Douglas Jones. Paperback cover. Printed in 2015.

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6 Partitas

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ABRSM Signature Series

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Partitas I-III: Bwv 825-827 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Partitas IV-VI: BWV 828-830: Bwv 828-830 No. 4-6 (Signature Series (ABRSM)) by J. S. Bach (Composer), Walter Emery (Editor) (29-Jun-1989) Sheet music

Wiener Urtext

Edited by Klaus Engler and fingering by Edith Picht-Axenfeld.

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6 Partitas, BWV 825-830

Henle Verlag Urtext

Edited by Rudolf Steglich and Fingering by Hans-Martin Theopold

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6 Partitas BWV 825-830 Softcover Piano Solo

Bach English Suites

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Alfred Dürr.

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The Six English Suites

ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Richard Jones

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The Six English Suites

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English Suites: Bwv 809, 810, 811 No. 3 4-6 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

Henle Verlag Urtext

Edited by  Rudolf Steglich and Fingering by Hans-Martin Theopold.

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Bach English Suites

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English Suites Bwv 806-811

Alfred Masterwork Edition

Edited by Hans Bischoff

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Dover Edition

This edition by Dover features the six english suites, the six french suites, the six partitas, the Goldberg variations, the fifteen two-part inventions, and the three part sinfonias. This edition is a reprint of the Bach-Gesellschaft edition. The print is small, but overall, it is a portable edition and is inexpensive.

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Bach French Suites

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Alfred Dürr.

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BACH – Suites Francesas Completas para Piano (Urtext) (Durr)

ABRSM Signature Series

The ABRSM Bach French Suites is edited by Howard Jones

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French Suites: Bwv 812-817 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

Henle Verlag Urtext

Edited by Rudolf Steglich and Fingering by Hans-Martin Theopold

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Bach French Suites

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French Suites BWV 812-817

Bach Goldberg Variations

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Christoph Wolff

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Henle Verlag Urtext

This shows the 1978 Henle Bach Goldberg Variations:

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Bach Italian Concerto

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Walter Emery and Renate Kretschmar-Fischer

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ABRSM Signature Series

The ABRSM Bach Italian Concerto is edited by Richard Jones.

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Clavierubung, Part II (Italian Concerto, French Overture) (Signature Series (ABRSM)) (Pt. 2)

Henle Verlag Urtext

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Italian Concerto BWV 971

Alfred Masterwork Edition

Edited by Willard A. Palmer.

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Bach — Italian Concerto (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

Bach Inventions and Sinfonias

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Georg von Dadelsen

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ABRSM Signature Series

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Inventions and Sinfonias: Bwv 772-801 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

 


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