Spread Chords

Examples from the Repertoire (3)

Prelude in C Minor (WTC Book 1)

In bar 39 of Bach’s Prelude in C Minor (Book 1), we may simply spread the chord upwards – many players do it this way. There is time to make a grander statement by rolling it down and then back up again (as I suggested in my own study edition of the work). The Goldberg Aria In bar 11 of the Goldberg Aria, for example I like to arpeggiate upwards the first time through, and I might do it downwards on the repeat. I don’t feel...

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