The Well-Tempered Clavier

The Well-Tempered Clavier*
                   to an unknown pianist

‘Leaf and drop-bomb’, image skimmed off the water by the Weathercats

the lady was playing piano
a lifetime of Bach in her fingers
we saw leaves falling cold
in rain landing on puddles
the downward tinkle of autumn.

1974 – 15 may 2013

*this piece has taken almost 40 years in its creation from first seeing a
programme on our black and white TV in my last year at high school on a woman pianist, possibly American or Canadian, who specialised in playing only Bach, to thinking today of words to tell what I then heard and saw. While she played, the camera showed leaves falling in rain, landing on puddles. The program ran on a wet Saturday afternoon; I have long forgotten the pianist’s name but do remember her passion was the pieces that comprise Bach’s ‘The Well-tempered Clavier’.

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The music is the prelude from Bach’s ‘Prelude and Fugue in C♯ minor, BWV 849’ from ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1’ by J.S. Bach, as interpreted here on stage by András Schiff.


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