Vingt-quatre Préludes et Fugues dans tous les tons et demi-tons du mode majeur, et mineur. Pour le Clavecin ou Piano-Forté. Composés par Jean Sebastien Bach. 1re [2me] Suite. [BWV 846–869; 870–893.]. Johann Sebastian Bach.
Vingt-quatre Préludes et Fugues dans tous les tons et demi-tons du mode majeur, et mineur. Pour le Clavecin ou Piano-Forté. Composés par Jean Sebastien Bach. 1re [2me] Suite. [BWV 846–869; 870–893.]
Vingt-quatre Préludes et Fugues dans tous les tons et demi-tons du mode majeur, et mineur. Pour le Clavecin ou Piano-Forté. Composés par Jean Sebastien Bach. 1re [2me] Suite. [BWV 846–869; 870–893.]
Vingt-quatre Préludes et Fugues dans tous les tons et demi-tons du mode majeur, et mineur. Pour le Clavecin ou Piano-Forté. Composés par Jean Sebastien Bach. 1re [2me] Suite. [BWV 846–869; 870–893.]
First Edition of The Well-Tempered Clavier

Vingt-quatre Préludes et Fugues dans tous les tons et demi-tons du mode majeur, et mineur. Pour le Clavecin ou Piano-Forté. Composés par Jean Sebastien Bach. 1re [2me] Suite. [BWV 846–869; 870–893.]

A Zurich: chez Jean Georges Naigueli. Gravé par Richome. [1801; 1802.]. First edition. Engraved sheet music. Two volumes bound together. In contemporary half vellum with gilt-stamped title vignette on spine and gilt-stamped ownership label (L. C.) mounted on the front cover. Panels covered with pink paper, on front cover faded. (1), (2) [blank], 2–109, (1); (1), (2) [blank], 2–123, (1) p. Covers slightly rubbed, bumped at corners. Small damage to the spine at the head and tail. Erroneous volume number on the title page of the second volume revised in pen by contemporary hand as in other known copies. Fingering numbers marked above notes on page 11 and 27 of volume one in pencil. Small tear to page 94, of volume one, presumably because of a removed wax stain, with no effect on the score. Small misprint on page 63 of the second volume. Overall in fine condition.

Extremely scarce, complete first edition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.

The Well-Tempered Clavier is a collection of 48 preludes and fugues, regarded as one of the most important works in the history of classical music. Bach originally gave the title Das Wohltemperirte Clavier to his 1722 manuscript collection of 24 compositions, which he created for educational purposes. A second book of the same kind, which became known as the Zweyter Theil (second part), was compiled about 20 years later. However the books were widely circulated in manuscript copies, none of the '48' was printed in Bach’s lifetime. The first complete editions were published simultaneously in 1801–1802, by three publishers: the present edition by Naigueli in Zurich, another by Hoffmeister in Leipzig, and the third one by Simrock in Bonn. All three editions appeared in two parts.

Hans Georg Nägeli [Jean Georges Naigueli] (1773–1836) was a Swiss composer, music publisher and theoretician. He was the publisher of the periodical, Repertoire des Clavecinistes, which included first editions of Beethoven among other contemporary musicians. As a theoretician, Nägeli is best known for establishing the scientific term of dynamics in his description of music as energy.

[Ref.: RISM B 500, BB 500; Woodstra, Chris; Brennan, Gerald; Schrott, Allen: All Music Guide to Classical Music. The Definitive Guide to Classical Music. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2005. p. 52]

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