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Bach cross, where his name is represented by a single note on the middle line of the staff with various clefs.

This is one way Bach signed his name. Starting with the clef that has the flat in it, in the German music system, that was called "B." Moving clockwise is tenor clef where the same note is the A below middle C. The next clef is alto clef, where the middle line is C. Finally, the last clef is a treble clef and the note has no flat. In the German music system, that is an H. This shows the kind of mind J.S. Bach had--both mathematical and capable of making music of great passion.

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J.S. Bach

This is J.S. Bach at the age of 61, dressed in the height of 18th century fashion, including the inevitable powdered wig.

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Bach's handwriting (music)

This is an example of Bach's hand-written music. Getting music printed was much more challenging in those days.

Bach Prelude in C major


Virtual Piano (a piano you can play with your computer's keyboard)
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The same prelude written for Virtual Piano

For measures 1-32, play each sequence two times. Measures 33-35 play the sequence only once. Remember that a CAPITAL LETTER is a different note from a small letter.

Prelude in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier
Measure
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Notes
tuosfosf
typdgpdg
ryodgodg
tuosfosf
tupfjpfj
tyIpdIpd
ryodhodh
rtuosuos









Measure
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Notes
etuosuos
9eyIsyIs
wryoayoa
wEuosuos
qeypaypa
qWyiayia
0wtostos
0qetieti









Measure
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Notes
9qetfetf
59wriwri
80wtuwtu
8wEtuEtu
4qetieti
$8etYetY
%qrtyrty
5qwrywry









Measure
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
Notes
50wtuwtu
59wtiwti
59wriwri
5(etIetI
50wtowto
59wtiwti
59wriwri
18wEuwEu
Measure 33 (play only 1 time)
18qetiteteqeq9q9

Measure 34 (play only 1 time)
17oadgdadaoayiuy

Measure 35 (play quickly 1 time to sound like a rolled chord)
18uos