J.S. Bach: Invention No. 1 – Performed by Glenn Gould

J.S. Bach: Invention No. 1 – Performed by Glenn Gould

This is one of my favorite Bach Inventions that I play almost daily when warming up for piano practice.

Technically, this is most likely the easiest of the Bach Inventions. But, in the video below, Glenn Gould expresses this composition in a most profound way. His articulation of each note is amazing, and he embellishes a bit from the original work.

His interpretation of the Invention No. 1 is my primary role model. And when I play this I try to follow his interpretation as best as I can. Other pianists have taken to playing this piece fast, whereas I think it’s important not to go too fast just because this is an easy piece. Here, Glenn Gould seems to be savoring each note in relation to each other, giving each note is own space and emphasis.

Glenn Herbert Gould (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach’s music. —Wikipedia

Glenn Gould is my favorite Classical Pianist when it comes to the interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard works. And he translates them to the piano in a most beautiful way.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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