Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Composition Lessons with J.S. Bach

Don Freund, composer and Professor of Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has a wonderful series of discussions of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier available on YouTube. It is a tremendous resource to have available for free and online. The lectures are highly elucidating and instructive. Whatever your level of musical knowledge I think you'll get much from these lessons.
Recording the videos in wide-screen, Professor Freund presents himself at the keyboard on the left with a color-coded version of the score on the right. Again, these are wonderful resources: kudos and thanks to Professor Freund and Indiana University for making this possible.

Also, they're fun to watch: I'm sure Professor Freund's courses are a pleasure.

Check out Professor Freund on the web at his:
N.B: Parts I & II discuss Fugue and III the Prelude

The Well-Tempered Clavier: Prelude & Fugue in B-flat Major

Part I | Part II | Part III


  1. Well that didn't take long. And it looks killer! Thanks!

    I should share with you my go-to resource for learning about the WTC fugues: Tim Smith of Northern Arizona University has wonderful online interactive fugue analyses and essays, using David Korevaar's recordings.

    As for me, I'm working my way through the 2 part inventions this year. Once I get 'em all memorized (7 down, 8 to go), it's off to WTC book 1. I can't wait.

  2. You're memorizing them! That's fantastic!

    Tim Smith's page looks like a treasure too and I hadn't ever heard of it. Thank you so much for sharing it. And again, congrats for your work on the inventions!