INVENTIONS and SINFONIASfor keyboard (after J. S. Bach) | 50'ca. (2006) download | purchase
* there are two audio versions, one on harpsichord and the other on piano.
The Inventions and Sinfonias (BWV 772-801) is a collection of short pieces Bach wrote for the musical education of his young pupils. These are among the finest examples of artistic gems ever written for this purpose, and probably because of this, they became very popular among Bach's pupils and others ever since they were written. The work comprises fifteen two-part, each named 'inventio', and fifteen three-part pieces, named 'sinfonia'. These two groups of pieces are arranged in an identical fashion in ascending order by key so that there is little doubt that Bach's intention was to bring them together as a single work. On every facing page of an open volume each piece demonstrates the contrapuntal technique, while, at the same time, explores a wide range of musical expressions using various styles and developing the motives in a logical fashion.
Bach himself described his intentions: "Straightforward Instruction, in which amateurs of the keyboard, and especially the eager ones, are shown a clear way not only of learning to play cleanly in two voices, but also, after further progress, of dealing correctly and satisfactorily with three obbligato parts; at the same time not only getting good inventiones, but developing the same satisfactorily, and above all arriving at a cantabile manner in playing, all the while acquiring a strong foretaste of composition."
This piece, however, is a distorted approach to that work. It is a brand new personal twisted and curled version of Bach's piece. It is as if the art of Johann Sebastian Bach had been reflected through a broken mirror.
The idea of revisiting, recreating, and reinterpreting the art of the past came from my admiration to Pablo Picasso’s "Las Meninas" which is based on the famous painting by Diego Velázquez.
* audio version on piano
* audio version on harpsichord