Talk:List of solo keyboard compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Proposed renaming[edit]

See: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Classical music#Proposed renaming for Harpsichord concertos (J. S. Bach) --Francis Schonken (talk) 05:48, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Now found at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Classical music/Archive 52#Proposed renaming for Harpsichord concertos (J. S. Bach). — Eru·tuon 17:42, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Solo?[edit]

Why have compositions including other instruments besides keyboard been added to this page (sonatas for violin and keyboard, viola da gamba and keyboard, trio sonatas for violins and keyboard, Brandenburg concertos, etc.)? As far as I know, "solo keyboard" means for keyboard alone. Have these works been arranged for keyboard, or is "solo keyboard" being understood in the sense of a concerted work with solo passages for keyboard? — Eru·tuon 04:45, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

See last paragraph of List of solo keyboard compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach#Introduction. The distinction is keyboard as (part of the) continuo (not included in this list, would for instance include most of the cantatas), and on the other hand keyboard solo or as soloist, alone or on equal par (e.g. "cembalo obbligato" for the sonatas) with other soloists (included in this list). "Soloist" among other instruments only included in the second half of the list (not part of the traditional "solo" range BWV 772–994). "Solo" and "soloist" can not really be separated in that second half of the list, for example for BWV 1061a, BWV 1079 and BWV 1080. --Francis Schonken (talk) 07:27, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Ah, I see the distinction you're making. I as a player of what I would consider Bach solo keyboard music (meaning the Well-tempered Clavier, French and English suites, Partitas, Italian Concerto, inventions, Goldberg Variations) was somewhat confused by the title — I have played nothing that requires other participants since I play on my own for myself, and what I play is therefore as "solo" as is possible, even excluding the use of the feet since I don't have an organ. Your terminology may be what is actually used for the pieces, since I know only what I've played. Thanks for the explanation. Maybe the introduction can be rewritten to make the meaning more explicit, if others will be as confused as I was — or maybe it's just me. — Eru·tuon 08:07, 18 December 2014 (UTC)