Bach : Invention 3, BWV 774

Invention 3, BWV 774 -- Urtext

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
Sheet music for : Piano

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Invention 3, BWV 774 -- Urtext

Two-Part Invention No. 3 in D Major - Inventio 3



Please note that this score contains suggestions for playing the ornaments in accordance with Baroque performance practice :
  • Mordents (measures 3 and 45) are played very quickly, with a incisive character
  • Trills (measures 4, 11, 22, etc.) are played ON the beat and begin on the upper auxiliary note
  • Appoggiaturas (measures 4 and 46) are played ON the beat and take up one half of the main note's value
  • Turns (measures 11, 39, 40 and 53) begin on the note above the principal note, and are played quite rapidly
Moreover, the editor suggests adding cadential trills to measures 11, 37, 53 and 58. Although not mentioned in the manuscript, cadential trills are required in Baroque music.

Furthermore, the value of the dot should be lengthened in a cadential trill, thus making the sixteenth note become a thirty-second note.

Duration : 01:16

Source : Johann Sebastian Bach, Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801 (1723)
An earlier version exists in the Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach [Little Clavier Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach] (1720)

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