Well Tempered Clavier
Featured Artistic and Musical Composition:
BWV866 B♭ Major FugueXXI
Performing these pieces on the piano has led me to a greater understanding of how to clarify linear counterpoint on the piano. The most important aid in hearing the individual strands without over-voicing lines (that is, without "bringing out the melody") lies in the perception of the lengths of notes--the note-values. On the piano, notes of different lengths are created through a hierarchy of tonal values, where successively longer durations need successively more resonance: the voice-leading becomes clear when the tail ends of notes can be heard.