Johann Sebastian Bach : Prelude no.2 from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier

Taken from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, also known as the 48 Preludes and Fugues, this piece is not unlike the first prelude in construction with arpeggiated chords coming to a free cadenza-like climax towards the end. However this busy little tune is darker in tone and not just because of its minor key. Often (though not always) played as a pair in the order Prelude then Fugue, here is the corresponding Fugue for this Prelude. A must for any serious student of piano, Book 1 and Book 2 are available from Sheet Music Plus. The video below illustrates this music with a piano roll animation, while below the video you can play the mp3 file and see the music before downloading.

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