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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198165765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198165767
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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it is a relief to turn to the passionate advocacy of Paul Badura-Skoda ... he points the way to useful conclusions, marrying musicology with performance (Gillian Weir)

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Indispensable for all students and performers of Bach's keyboard music

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
THE READERS BEING ISSUED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS IN THE FIELD OF BARROQUE MUSIC ARE BASED IN EXTREMELLY REFINED INFORMATION. "INTERPRETING BACH AT THE KEYBOARD" IS INDEED THE MOST CONVINCING BOOK SO AS TO CLARIFY ASPECTS OF PLAYING SUCH AS: FINGERING, POLYPHONIC PLAYING, THE YES'S AND NO'S IN DYNAMICS, TOUCH, ALL AVAILABLE FOR US BASED ON A 15 YEAR RESEARCHED BY THE AUTHOR - PAUL BADURA-SKODA AND HIS WIFE EVA, WHO NOT ONLY TELL YOU WHAT AND HOW THINGS SHOULD BE PLAYED, BUT ALSO SURROUND EACH AND EVERY IMPORTANT FACET OF SCORE READING WITH DEEP HISTORIC BACKGROUND, ALLOWING MUSICIANS TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES UPON SOLID CONCLUSIONS LIKE NO OTHER BOOK.
RODOLFO M. NUNHEZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
For the Pianist 22 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is performance information for the pianist without apologies. There are numerous excellent books for organists and harpsichordists from which I have been forced to extrapolate to the piano. Badura-Skoda exhaustively covers all facets of Bach performance on the piano: rhythm, articulation, tempo, and that endless bug-a-boo, ORNAMENTS! He is fearless in expressing his insight and opinion on ornaments and their execution. Musical examples are plentiful, avoiding the need to fetch scores. Of particular interest is his section on the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, a short chapter on 18th c. organ-barrels(!), and a Gouldian Imaginary Interview on the "Urtext Problem". "Interpreting Bach" is an informative reference book reminiscent of Rosenblum's "Performance Practices" in scope and ease of use. Well worth the investment for the pianist knocking on Bach's door seeking entry. Badura-Skoda can help open it for you.
Happy to have read this 21 May 2013
By K. Busch - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very informative. I found it particularly true with regards to ornamentation. Badura-Skoda is on somewhat of a kick in this volume to revive the Pralltriller or inverted mordent in Bach interpretation. He also gives a lot of evidence against beginning every trill on the upper auxiliary. He also makes a strong case for getting editions of Bach that show all the variant ornamentation that has survived in manuscripts -- for some of those marks were surely original or expressed the composer's intentions at some point.

His comments on rhythm, articulation, and the like are also very useful.

As an author, though, he is a cantankerous and uneven companion. Sometimes he's brilliant or witty or insightful. Sometimes though he can be very repetitive. In particular, the over-sized Pralltriller polemic could have used more editing.

Nonetheless, I'm very glad I read it, and, if you play Bach at the keyboard, there's much to learn.
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Interpreting Bach at the Keyboard 4 Sep 2005
By Mary J. Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thank you to Paul Badura-Skoda for this very excellent and helpful book.
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