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Pietro De Maria in Personal Piano Project – The Well-Tempered Clavier II as an Advent calendar

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The Well-Tempered Clavier II as an Advent calendar

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“With all the concerts that were canceled because of the pandemic, a common problem for many musicians was to find motivations for practicing. I didn’t really feel like learning the new pieces I had to prepare for concerts that would not take place. At the end of November 2020 I thought of retaking the WTC Book II, something I had already performed in public. This is one of those masterpieces I always like to play, no matter if I have to perform it in front of an audience or not. Bach’s music is something a pianist can’t do without: it’s good for the brain, for the fingers and for the soul. In a period in which we all felt a little lost, I needed some spiritual nourishment and Bach is always ideal for that. The idea was to create an Advent Calendar in music and to publish one Prelude and Fugue a day on my YouTube channel from the 1st to the 24th of December. There is not a particular reason for the order of publication I chose. Every morning I asked myself what I wanted to record on that day (sometimes more than just one Prelude and Fugue) and I did it! The pieces have been recorded on my Yamaha at home with my iPhone and a little microphone. Of course the purpose was not to do a professional recording of a piece I had already recorded for Decca!”

Pietro De Maria.

December 1

Prelude No. 16 in G minor – BWV 885 / Fugue No. 16 in G minor – BWV 885

December 2

Prelude No. 19 in A major – BWV 888 / Fugue No. 19 in A major – BWV 888

December 3

Prelude No. 24 in B minor – BWV 893 / Fugue No. 24 in B minor – BWV 893

December 4

Prelude No. 20 in A minor – BWV 889 / Fugue No. 20 in A minor – BWV 889

December 5

Prelude No. 10 in E minor – BWV 879 / Fugue No. 10 in E minor – BWV 879

December 6

Prelude No. 8 in E-flat minor – BWV 877 / Fugue No. 8 in E-flat minor – BWV 877

December 7

Prelude No. 21 in B-flat major – BWV 890 / Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major – BWV 890

December 8

Prelude No. 5 in D major – BWV 874 / Fugue No. 5 in D major – BWV 874

December 9

Prelude No. 4 in C-sharp minor – BWV 873 / Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor – BWV 873

December 10

Prelude No. 17 in A-flat major – BWV 886 / Fugue No. 17 in A-flat major – BWV 886

December 11

Prelude No. 14 in F-sharp minor – BWV 883 / Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor – BWV 883

December 12

Prelude No. 12 in F minor – BWV 881 / Fugue No. 12 in F minor – BWV 881

December 13

Prelude No. 18 in G-sharp minor – BWV 887 / Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor – BWV 887

December 14

Prelude No. 15 in G major – BWV 884 / Fugue No. 15 in G major – BWV 884

December 15

Prelude No. 6 in D minor – BWV 875 / Fugue No. 6 in D minor – BWV 875

December 16

Prelude No. 11 in F major – BWV 880 / Fugue No. 11 in F major – BWV 880

December 17

Prelude No. 3 in C-sharp major – BWV 872 / Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major – BWV 872

December 18

Prelude No. 23 in B major – BWV 892 / Fugue No. 23 in B major – BWV 892

December 19

Prelude No. 9 in E major – BWV 878 / Fugue No. 9 in E major – BWV 878

December 20

Prelude No. 7 in E-flat major – BWV 876 / Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major – BWV 876

December 21

Prelude No. 22 in B-flat minor – BWV 891 / Fugue No. 22 in B-flat minor – BWV 891

December 22

Prelude No. 2 in C minor – BWV 871 / Fugue No. 2 in C minor – BWV 871

December 23

Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp major – BWV 882 / Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major – BWV 882

December 24

Prelude No. 1 in C major – BWV 870 / Fugue No. 1 in C major – BWV 870

Thank you Maestro!

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