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Ronald Brander wrote:
The range of compositions in the Well Tempered Clavier alone convinces
> me that Bach would've delighted in both the piano and the forte of
> the modern instrument. Gould's performance I'm sure would've
> received a hearty applause from Johann.
Considering the effect the somewhat modern piano had on Beethoven,
> I can only wonder how the modern instrument might've influenced
> both Bach's and Mozart's music.
We have the music that Bach *did* write after encountering (and probably
*for*) the early fortepiano: the two ricercars in the Musical Offering.
They're both fiercely contrapuntal, but with a healthy dose of
episodic freedom in them, too -- as he also did with the Art of Fugue.
And there is not a single marking of "forte" or "piano" in either of
them. They work on whatever keyboard instrument one happens to have
handy. I play them on harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, and organ....
If Bach (or Mozart) had had a completely "modern" piano, he might have
written entirely different music. And, what's modern about the design
of the "modern" Steinway or Baldwin? The basic features haven't changed
in 100 years!
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