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Reinvention #13 (Bach's 2-Part Invention #13 in Am)



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"Re-Invention No. 13" is based on J. S. Bach's Two-Part Invention No. 13 in A Minor (BWV 784). I jazzify the piece, to a point. It is the 3rd track on my latest solo piano album, "FLOW: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller", a 2-CD box set where I adapt and arrange my favorite Bach on Disc 1, then play a series of original variations on my own compositions, in the spirit of The Goldberg Variations, on Disc 2.

"Flow" has been added to Fanfare Magazine's "Not-to-be-missed 2015 Want List", favorite 2015 albums chosen by it's in-house music critics. I'm really excited about that!

The Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772–801, also known as the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, are a collection of thirty short keyboard compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): 15 inventions, which are 2-part contrapuntal pieces, and 15 sinfonias, which are 3-part contrapuntal pieces. They were originally written as musical exercises for his students. Bach wrote on the collection: Honest method, by which the amateurs of the keyboard – especially, however, those desirous of learning – are shown a clear way not only (1) to learn to play cleanly in two parts, but also, after further progress, (2) to handle three obligate parts correctly and well; and along with this not only to obtain good inventions (ideas) but to develop the same well; above all, however, to achieve a cantabile style in playing and at the same time acquire a strong foretaste of composition. The two groups of pieces are both arranged in order of ascending key, each group covering eight major and seven minor keys. The inventions were composed in Köthen; the sinfonias, on the other hand, were probably not finished until the beginning of the Leipzig period. As a perpetual student, I thoroughly enjoyed playing through these pieces to decide which ones to perform for this collection.

Other tracks from this album shared on Macjams:

Here are tracks from "Suite: Flow":
Momentary Undertow (second movement)
Salmon Ladder Variations (fourth movement)

Plus: from "The New England Suite":
River Ice (Winter)
Lighthouse (Spring)

And from Disc 1, Tobin plays Bach:
Reinvention #13

Please check out other pieces from this album, as well as thoughts, history and notes:
Tobin's "Flow" project page on Tobin's website
"Flow" on CDBaby (where you can buy the CD Box Set
"Flow" is also on iTunes. Simply search "Tobin Mueller" via iTunes, or google "Tobin Mueller music"
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papag said 1507 days ago (September 3rd, 2015)
A nice spin on the Bach Invention. Got me tappin my foot along. Had to listen a second time to get the overall feel and flow.

thanks for the download
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TobinMueller said 1507 days ago (September 4th, 2015)
Tapping toes
This was the most straight ahead jazz arrangement on the album. Refreshing yet mainstream. I try to mix it up more in some others. I will be posting more soon. That you for checking in!
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Franciscus_Henri said 1507 days ago (September 3rd, 2015)
Nice stuff
and beautifully done.
Back in the days when we were fab (1970's)
Jacques Loussier took us on a similar adventure..
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TobinMueller said 1507 days ago (September 4th, 2015)
Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier is my favorite Bach interpreter, for sure! I almost went to the Bach Festival in Germany this year, but health got in the way. An astounding community, Bach fans! I hope to make the Oregon Bach Festival next summer...
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TFR said 1503 days ago (September 8th, 2015)
Lovely, lively flow to this. Happy music.
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TobinMueller said 1499 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
Happy music
When I look back at my career, happy music does not rise to the top. I truly enjoyed playing some of the happier pieces from Bach. But I am currently working on Chopin and there are far more joyous tunes there. And very fast pieces. With age and decomposing body parts, staying dextrous is a happy challenge.
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PeterB7858 said 1499 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
Reinvention #13
Fine, jazzed tinged interpretation, Tobin. I enjoyed the clarity and preciseness of the playing but it still "rollicked" along beautifully. Thanks, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 1499 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
I like the term! Has a rocking' feel, combined with frolicking and rolling. Much appreciated. Thanks for listening in. Hope you grabbed the download. :-)
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