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Johann Sebastian Bach : Prelude no.2 from Book 1 in Cm 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. If you are old enough you may remember this music being played on a certain TV advert. These works are often played as a pair in the order Prelude then Fugue as written by Bach, so here is the corresponding Fugue for this Prelude. This pair are in the key of C minor and together they are catalogued as BWV 847.

Although there are some easier preludes and fugues in the set, much of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is quite challenging to play. However the complete set has for a long time been considered a must for any serious student of piano. Some other preludes and fugues from the set are available on mfiles if you check the Bach page or Classical Sheet Music page. If you have aspirations to be a good classical pianist then we recommend getting the complete Well-Tempered Clavier which comes in two books. Here are links on "sheet music plus" to Book 1 and Book 2 of the Well-Tempered Clavier.

Bach's Prelude no.2 in C minor from Book 1 - Video

Here is a video of Bach's Prelude No.2 from book 1 as a piano roll animation:

Bach's Prelude no.2 in C minor from Book 1 - MP3 & Midi files

The audio controls below allow you to play the mp3 version of Bach's Prelude no.2 in C minor from Book 1 or you can download the MP3 file. You can also download the midi version of Bach's Prelude no.2 in C minor from Book 1 or alternatively edit/play the midi file.

Bach's Prelude No.2 in C minor from book 1 - Sheet Music

The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Bach's Prelude No.2 from book 1 in PDF format.

Bach's Prelude No.2 from book 1 of the WTC - sheet music 1st page
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