Learning Order of Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonie?



Asked by: Shannon Alexander

What order should I learn the Bach inventions?





As to the inventions, the best ones to start with are ones with less complex rythyms and fewer ornaments. No. 4 and No. 6 are good ones to start with, but you might be fine starting with others such as No.

Are sinfonias harder than inventions?

you are right that sinfonias are much more difficult comparing to two-part inventions. You can think about jumping from inventions to French Suites. There are a lot of dances which difficulty are between two part-inventions and sinfonias.

How many inventions did Bach have?

15 inventions

There are 15 inventions and 15 sinfonias, both arranged in ascending order of key, covering eight major and seven minor keys. These (not surprisingly) inventive pieces have set the standard of how a composer should create and develop themes.

What grade are the Bach inventions?





Grades 4-7

These delightful inventions were composed in 1722/3 for the instruction in keyboard playing and composition of Bach’s eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann, who was then just 12. This book is part of ABRSM’s Easier Piano Pieces series.

How do you memorize Bach?

Re: memorizing bach

  1. Play voices seperately, memorizing each.
  2. Play hands separately, memorizing each.
  3. Harmonic and formal analysis.
  4. Copy score by hand.
  5. Work from the end, in order to constantly come into familiar material.
  6. Listen to it mentally, away from the piano.
  7. Play very slowly for muscle memory.


Why is playing Bach so hard?

The reason why Bach is being criticized as being very hard, I believe is because of a few elements: scarce articulation marking, zero dynamics marking, awkward fingerings and confusing contrapuntal style. Compared to Mozart it does take more time to figure out in the early stage.



What is the most difficult Bach invention?

Re: Bach Inventions: In which order? #1, #4 (the LH trills are the biggest problem), #8, #13 & #14 are probably the most accessible, with #1 being the easiest. #12 & #15 are arguably the most difficult of the set.

How difficult is Bach French Suite?

The difficulty level is variable from piece to piece. On the whole, I have not found them too much more difficult than the inventions, but, again, it’s variable. They still offer the same fingering challenges as the inventions. Musically, I’ve enjoyed the French Suites more than the Two-Part Inventions.

What grade is Prelude in C Major?

The piece (Prelude in C BWV 846) is graded at level 5 in certain places, but can be played after just a few weeks of piano.



What level are Bach 2 Part Inventions?

Anyway, the 2 part inventions start at about grade 4-5 (e.g. no. 1) and go up to about grade 6-7 (e.g. no. 8).

What grade is Invention No 13?

13 in A Minor BWV 784 by Alan.

Are Bach inventions easy?

Conceptually, it is not difficult, but the challenge is the accuracy and the quality of the tone. Don’t dwell too long in Inventions. If you can handle 3 or 4 of Inventions, move on to WTC. Re: Easiest of the bach inventions?

How do you play Bach 2 Part Inventions?

We're going to do the number eight the F major invention. And the subject. And the counter subject are so well delineated these are going to hear the subject is simply this.



How do I learn the Bach cello suites?

You will notice that you must allow time for the left-hand fingers to press down and hold the string before the bow makes contact through each legato. And so we're going to start with our warmups.

How do you memorize Bach Prelude?

And then it just repeats. And that's the same all the way throughout the piece. Give me points so with your left turns. Then we're gonna get to the second bar where we change chords.

How do you play Bach correctly?

The fingering on this sometimes not so much but the first main tip just a recap is to write in your finger numbers and pay attention to the ones they give you this is.

Is Prelude in C Major Easy?

Prelude in C-major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. 1, BWV 846. In a way, this most simple and beautiful of Bach preludes is also one of the most accessible and easy to learn.