More Bach Talk

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A little more Bach today… this recording is one of his Two-Part Inventions. In some earlier posts, I’ve talked about Bach’s fascination with writing pieces that create musical “dialogue.” Today’s recording shows a dialogue between the two hands on the piano, as they trade a melodic idea back and forth.

When the piece begins, you’ll notice that the right hand has a simple descending line, while the left hand has an ascending line. The hands come together for the first half of the phrase and then move apart. In the next phrase, the pattern is reversed: left hand moves down the keyboard while right hand moves up. Throughout the piece, the simple rising and falling lines that the hands trade back and forth create a lovely conversational ebb and flow.

As you listen, if you’d like, imagine that this is an actual conversation between two people. What are they talking about? What’s the emotional content: is there a sense of agreement, disagreement, resolution? As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts and responses to the music in the comments.

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