The Bach Inventions and Sinfonias
Like the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Inventions and Sinfonias did not appear in print during his lifetime. Nevertheless, it was widely disseminated in manuscript copies even before its first publication in 1801 and ever since the work has been widely used for the teaching of young musicians. At the present time, however, some concerns are expressed frequently regarding its proper use, as to what extent Bach’s intentions are being understood correctly. It is sad to discover that the work is often regarded as a dry, technical exercise for the independence of two hands. In order to enjoy the real benefit from this highly renowned teacher, one ought to make every effort to try to understand his music wholeheartedly by searching for Bach’s sense of judgement. Only by succeeding with this enquiry, can one learn from this work a universal principle of music, which, in turn, gives us a sense of true appreciation of music as well as encouragement for further study.