People that know me also know my infatuation for Bach's music. His standing in the musical world is comparable to that of Newton in the scientific world - or Shakespeare in the literary world.
Over the years I have dutifully practiced some of his keyboard works - and in order to keep a record of this endeavor I thought it appropriate to record 12 of my favourite Bach keyboard works (or sections thereof). These recordings were all made with a cheap webcam, which actually suits the purpose since we want to keep download bandwidth to a minimum.
I also made a DVD version of this performance which lasts about half an hour. The quality is slightly better and some text has been superimposed. This text is mostly aimed at the musician. As in the clips below, all of the video has been taken from a fixed location, showing the piano keyboard from above - this may be useful for piano players who want to try out certain fingerings. If you're interested in this DVD, contact me (details at bottom of the page).
I myself love watching Bach's work performed - there is something awesome about the brain's capacity to perform these very complex interwoven phrases - and as you get more accustomed to the music, you slowly start to distinguish the lines independently. Practicing Bach is very good for your technique and general 'presence of mind' which gives you a good foundation for performance in general.
Every one of the pieces has particular characteristics. I include some comments on these - mainly from a performer's point of view. I also include links to a page elsewhere on this website for analysis notes. These links will open up in a separate window so you don't lose the YouTube connection (to save space, all my videos are located on YouTube).
Click on the large arrow in the middle of the video image or the little image in the bottom left corner. If the throughput is slow, the video will continually stop and start. Just press the pause button and the video will continue downloading. Once the red bar has advanced sufficiently, press play. Clicking anywhere else on this video image will open up the video in the YouTube web site.