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Musical Collaborations presents

Well-Tempered Clavier Seminar

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Saturday, July 2, 2016

Milan (Lake Como) - Pisa - Rome



Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental work, the Well-Tempered Clavier, comes with a monumental title. It’s a title that can be off-putting to non-musicians or even non-keyboard players who have not spent countless hours practicing various preludes and fugues.


In 1722 and later in 1742, Bach wrote his two collections of 24 preludes and fugues (Book 1 and Book 2, respectively) making them the first collections of keyboard pieces written in all keys.


Today, every student of the keyboard – piano, organ, and harpsichord – negotiates with parts of this work. In our week-long seminar, we will explore the work in its entirety. We will approach the work from its historical perspective, analysis of the music content, and of course, actual performance of individual preludes and fugues.


Concurrently with the Well-Tempered Clavier Seminar is Organ Tour Italia 2016, a program for organists, pianists, and music lovers to visit and play historic and modern instruments in the Lake Como region of Italy as well as Pisa, and Rome. Entrance to all Organ Tour masterclasses and events is included for all participants in the Well-Tempered Clavier Seminar.



Sunday, June 26 - Day 1


- Introduction and Welcome

- Introduction to the Italian Organ and its literature

- Overview of the Well-Tempered Clavier 


Monday, June 27 - Day 2

WTC Seminar

15:00-19:00 - WTC Volume 1 - Preludes and Fugues Nos. 1-12


Tuesday, June 28 - Day 3

WTC Seminar

15:00-19:00 - WTC Volume 1 - Preludes and Fugues Nos. 13-24


Wednesday, June 29 - Day 4

WTC Seminar

15:00-19:00 - WTC Volume 2 - Preludes and Fugues Nos. 1-12


Thursday, June 30 - Day 5

WTC Seminar

15:00-19:00 - WTC Volume 2 - Preludes and Fugues Nos. 13-24


Friday, July 1 - Day 6

WTC Seminar

Visit to Pisa


Saturday, July 2 - Day 7

WTC Seminar

Visit to Rome

Final performance featuring participants

The seminar will be led by Italian organist and musicologist, Ennio Cominetti, based on his recent publication, Introduzione all'Ascolto e alla Interpretazione del Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (Il Clavicembalo ben temperato) di Johann Sebastian Bach (Introduction to the Listening and Interpretation of the Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach).



The cost for the week-long workshop, including train travel during the week (Varenna-Pisa; Pisa-Rome) is as follows.


Active Participants (Registration on or before December 31, 2015): $450 USD

Active Participants (Registration after December 31, 2015): $500 USD

Auditors (Registration on or before December 31, 2015): $250 USD

Auditors (Registration after December 31, 2015): $300 USD





Hotel accomodations are not included in the price of the tour. Recommendations for hotels will be posted here shortly.

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