2008-10-31 19:24:02 UTC
by self appointed musicologists, concerning Bach's original intentions
for the instruments it was written for. I just thought I'd ask a few
questions, and hopefully some intelligent conversation might follow.
Nigel North asserts BWV 998 was written for the Lautenwercke. A self
proclaimed Bach expert who didn't know when the Gallant started and
baroque ended, and can't tell the difference between a suite, and
Sonata is echoing North's hypothesis in our noble news group.
North's only argument supporting his hypotheses can be summed up in
his quote below.
"Of all these doubtful lute pieces the G minor Fugue BWV 1000/1001 and
the G minor Suite BWV 995/1011 feel natural and satisfying to me to
play on the lute; the others feel less like real lute pieces and are
more awkward to play, even though I adore them as music."
The original MS says "Prelude - pour la Luth. o Cembalo par
J.S.Bach. The first so called lute suite includes the tiltle "Aufs
Lautenwerk,". Bach clearly knew the difference between a luth, and a
Lautenwercke, as I have demonstrated, yet North insists it was not
"pour a Luth" simply because it doesn't feel good under the fingers
like other lute pieces, even though Bach writes "pour a Luth".
However, I think the answer is self arising after this question.
Why did Bach feel it necessary to distinguish between _two_ keyboard
instruments, a Lautenwercke and a Harpsichord?