Lecture Concerts by Sir András Schiff

Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

Lecture Concerts at the Pierre Boulez Saal

Following performances of the “Goldberg” Variations in the opening season and of the piano partitas in June 2018, Sir András Schiff continues his series of lecture concerts dedicated to the works of Bach.

On four nights he explores another of the Baroque master’s iconic scores: the first part of the Well-Tempered Clavier. As in previous years, Schiff—who, since the 2018 winter semester, has been teaching at the Barenboim-Said Akademie—will offer his introductory talk in German and English.

The title page of Bach’s fair copy proclaims that the music’s purpose was both to instruct and delight: “The Well-Tempered Clavier, or Preludes and Fugues through all the tones and semitones… For the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning and especially for the enjoyment of those already experienced…”