Early Music VI

J.S.Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude 1

I’m not afraid to be a tradesman, to

sell my wares in the marketplace, and my

stock-in-trade is sound on paper:

staves and notes, abstruse squiggles that

convey complexity in this

new system of music, this

well-tempered, tight-caulked, yet

open sound in which my

left little finger can determine what my

whole right hand will do next.


I’m not afraid to be a ship-wright, indeed I

welcome you to this shipyard knowing

all my boats will float, and I have

no shame extending my hand for money

for what I give you is so much more than

you can ever give me.

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  • Agatha-luise  On March 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

    It is one of the many beautiful pieces of Bach. I recently saw a YouTube video of Tzvi Erez playing it that beautifully with his hand focused.

    Beautiful poem. It is now one of my favorites on your blog.

  • cammies on the floor  On March 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    True, music can touch our hearts and move us in a way money cannot express payment. Lovely piece.

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