Thursday Night at the Concert: DAS WUNDER – GLENN GOULD – JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH [2]

Johann Sebastian Bach
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester No.1 in d moll BWV 1052
I. Allegro
II. Adagio –
III. Allegro –
Glenn Gould, Klavier –
Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Mayer, Leitung


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From Wikipedia:  

The harpsichord concertos, BWV 1052-1065, are concertos for harpsichordstrings and continuo by Johann Sebastian Bach. There are seven complete concertos for a single harpsichord, (BWV 1052-1058), three concertos for 2 harpsichords (BWV 1060-1062), two concertos for 3 harpsichords (BWV 1063-1064), and one concerto for 4 harpsichords, (BWV 1065). Two other concertos include solo harpsichord parts: the concerto BWV 1044, which has solo parts for harpsichord, violin and flute, and Brandenburg concerto no.5, BWV 1050, with the same scoring. In addition there is a single 9-bar concerto fragment for a single harpsichord (BWV 1059) which adds an oboe to the strings and continuo.

All of Bach’s harpsichord concertos (with the exception of the Brandenburg concerto) are thought to be arrangements made from earlier concertos for melodic instruments probably written inKöthen. In many cases, only the harpsichord version has survived  (more…)

4 responses to “Thursday Night at the Concert: DAS WUNDER – GLENN GOULD – JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH [2]

  1. Good listening..


  2. I love Bach, and I love the variety of subjects your post covers…
    but forgive me querying – isn’t this a piano?. I don’t detect the wonderful staccato harpsichord notes – like someone banging a toasting fork against a bird cage as a jaundiced friend once said…., It does say Klavier, so I’m puzzled.


    • It was adapted for piano, and played with different Keyboards.
      The piano itself was developed to project (pianoforte), the previous keyboards not being able to carry the sound, and being literally covered by the orchestra, with the growing number of instrumentists being called upon to perform, in ever larger Spaces, before microphones were even used. I hope I make myself understood: I picked this at a program on The radio, just about the subject of keyboard and its history. The program guest was saying that the piano(forte) was developed for Beethoven (I think with his contribution, for his compositional needs). Thank you for the question!


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