Johann Sebastian Bach

Preludes & Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier 

Transcribed for guitar by Alfredo Sánchez
Introduced by Leo Brouwer.

80 pp., $29.95, Presser Order number 494-02447 (PWYS-49)

To view first line incipits click page 1 | page 2 | page 3 | page 4.

Click on the links below to download or listen to these selections in MP3 format.

Vol. I, Prelude 1, BWV-846:  (1.95 MB)  Fugue 1, BWV-846;  (2.03 MB)

Prelude 2, BWV-847; (1.72 MB)    Fugue 2, BWV-847; (1.73 MB).

Performed by Alfredo Sánchez Oviedo. Posted by permission.

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A musical transcription needs to be justified by one or more valid reasons to establish a favorable balance between what the transcribed work stands to gain and what it stands to lose from the inevitable modifications which will change the course of its life as a result of the transcription. The present work achieves double merit by contributing to the enrichment of the guitar's repertoire with material whose value is beyond discussion; on the other hand, the real contribution of this work is to make it possible for the present day guitarist to have in his hands a method that focuses on the practice of polyphony. It is not only a delight listening to the performance of a work so coveted by guitarists, but one is also amazed at the extensive polyphonic horizon to be covered upon adapting for our instrument a work of such contrapuntal magnitude as The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach.

sanchez.jpg (6157 bytes)Alfredo Sánchez began playing the guitar at the age of 12, teaching himself to play Bach’s music. In later years he studied with Manuel López Ramos, Andrés Segovia (1981), Iván Rijos, Robert Guthrie and Leo Brouwer. He also took master-classes with Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. Between the years 1982 and 1992, Alfredo Sánchez won first and second prizes in several important competitions in Mexico and in Puerto Rico. He toured in the Soviet Union in 1983, 1984 and 1987. He has often appeared in Mexico in most of the important concert halls and has recorded several programs for national radio and television. He is active as a soloist, playing with chamber music ensembles and with orchestra. In 1994 he was asked to establish the guitar department at the prestigious University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico where he taught for a couple of years. In 1997 he was appointed as a professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Veracruz, Mexico; several of his students have received national and international recognition.

Table of Contents:

Preludes: Vol. I, Prelude 1, BWV-846: Vol. I, Prelude 2, BWV-847; Vol. II, Prelude 2, BWV-871; Vol. I, Prelude 4, BWV-849; Vol. I, Prelude 6, BWV-851; Vol. II, Prelude 7, BWV-876; Vol. I, Prelude 8, BWV-853; Vol. I, Prelude 9, BWV-854; Vol. II, Prelude 12, BWV-881; Vol. I, Prelude 13, BWV-858; Vol. II, Prelude 16, BWV-885; Vol. I, Prelude 17, BWV-862; Vol. II, Prelude 20, BWV-889; Vol. I, Prelude 21, BWV-866; Vol. I, Prelude 23, BWV-868; Vol. I, Prelude 24, BWV-869; Vol. II, Prelude 24, BWV-893;

Fugues: Vol. 1, Fugue 1, BWV-846; Vol. I, Fugue 2, BWV-847; Vol, II, Fugue 2, BWV-871; Vol. II, Fugue 5, BWV-874; Vol. II, Fugue 7, BWV-876; Vol. II, Fugue 8, BWV-877; Vol. I, Fugue 13, BWV-858; Vol. I, Fugue 14, BWV-859; Vol. I, Fugue 17, BWV-862; Vol. I, Fugue 18, BWV-863; Vol. I, Fugue 23, BWV-868; Vol. I, Fugue 24, BWV-869.

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