Urtext = Plain Text ? – An Analysis of the Prélude in G Major, Part 1 (Bar 1-3)

This is a translation of the post „Urtext = Klartext? “, September 13, 2013 by Dr. Marshall Tuttle. Michael Bach This is the first part of the transcript of my talk “Urtext = Klartext?”, to be given on May 4, 2013, at the Stiftung Domnick in Nürtingen, Stuttgart       Lecture: https://youtu.be/i5EwxK-dZAE   The first five bars of the Prélude in G Major: [plays measures 1-5 on the cello] Bach could have written: [plays the first few bars, but transposed to G minor] Why have I just now demonstrated this? I have done so in order to better explain below what it means to represent a sequence of harmonies melodically. A harmony instrument would play these harmonies as follows: [plays the harmonies as three-note chords with the curved bow] You see, this is clear: since all three notes of the triad sound together – and at the same time. So,

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