Beethoven Sonata no. 24 in F# Major, Opus 78

🎼🎶 Saturday, August 7, 2021
We’ll linger here, midway in our musical journey through the well tempered system, to listen to other works written in the key of F# major by different composers. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 24 in F# major, Op. 78, à Thérèse" was dedicated to the Countess Thérèse von Brunswick.
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Bach WTC Book 2-13, Prelude & Fugue in F# Major

🎼🎶 Friday, August 6, 2021

F sharp occupies a unique position in the well-tempered musical system, dividing the C major scale exactly in half, into two equal intervals: from C to F# to the higher C defines two diminished fifths or “Lydian” intervals of three whole steps.


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Bach WTC Book 2-12, Prelude & Fugue in F minor

🎼🎶 Thursday, August 5, 2021
Beethoven composed his piano sonatas Opus 2 no. 1 and Opus 57 (Appassionata), the Egmont Overture, and his String Quartet no. 11, “Serioso” in the key of F minor. Here is the Prelude and Fugue in F minor from Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.
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Bach WTC Book 2-11, Prelude & Fugue in F Major

🎼🎶 Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Today we have a lovely performance of the F major Prelude and Fugue from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach. Beethoven chose the key of F major for two piano sonatas, a violin serenade, and both his Sixth and Eighth Symphonies.
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Bach WTC Book 2-10, Prelude & Fugue in E minor

🎼🎶 Tuesday, Auugust 3, 2021
After listening to Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E minor, listen to Beethoven's Opus 90 piano sonata, in the same key.
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Bach Prelude and Fugue in E Major, WTC Book 2-9

🎼🎶 Monday, August 2, 2021
The ninth prelude and fugue pair in Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is composed in E major. Works in this key are few and far between - Beethoven composed just two piano sonatas in E major, preferring E-Flat major for his big, "heroic" works.
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Bach WTC Book 2-8, Prelude & Fugue in D# minor

🎼🎶 Sunday, August 1, 2021
The eighth pair of preludes and fugues in Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier has a curious attribute: instead of being written in the key of E-flat minor (to match the preceding pair in E-flat major), it’s written in the “enharmonic”key of D-sharp minor. The difference cannot be heard or seen on the keys of the keyboard, but has only to do with how the music is written on the page: E-flat minor has six flats, while D-sharp minor has six sharps. Perhaps Bach wanted to challenge his pupils to be able to read in any key with equal fluency. 
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Bach WTC Book 2-7, Prelude & Fugue in E flat Major

🎼🎶 Saturday, July 31, 2021
The Prelude and Fugue number 7 in E-flat from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier bears the  description “Tanz Präludium Ricercar”. The “Tanz” part is easy – the prelude has a delightful dance motif; but what does Ricercar mean? The Italian verb “ricercare” means to seek out, and the Ricercar is an early type of fugue in which the key is sought out through the contrapuntal development.
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Bach WTC Book 2-6, Prelude & Fugue in D minor

🎼🎶 Friday, July 30, 2021
As we listen to the Prelude and Fugue in D minor from book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, it’s worth reflecting on the fact that Beethoven chose D minor as the home key for two of his best-loved compositions:
Sonata #17 , Opus 31 No. 2 – “The Tempest”
Symphony #9 , Opus 125 – the “Choral Symphony”
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Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Major, WTC Book 2-5

🎼🎶 Thursday, July 29, 2021
The composer Robert Schumann wrote, "let [Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier] be your daily bread. Then you will certainly become a solid musician." Here is the beautiful Prelude and Fugue in D-major from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier.
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