Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was one of the great teachers of his day. His prolific work as a composer of music for keyboard instruction is astounding and unparalleled. Acquiring good technique was very important to Bach, and he spent much of his time creating exercises to help improve his students playing. He often developed these "exercises" into music of great beauty and intellectual genius. Among these works, the "Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach," the "Eighteen Little Preludes," the "Two-Part Inventions," and the "Little Fugues and LIttle Preludes with Fugues" are all still at the core of piano instruction and learning today.
The fugue is the most important achievement of the Baroque period (1600-1750), and was brought to its highest level of perfection by J.S. Bach. Although the fugue does not have an exact form, there are basic principals and characteristics in the structure of a fugue. The overall structure of a fugue is the imitation of a subject and a countersubject (or derived motives) in alternating sections called expositions and episodes.
"The Little Fugues and Little Preludes with Fugues" provide late intermediate students with the next step after playing the "Two-Part Inventions" and prepare early advanced students for the rigorous demands of the preludes and fugues in the "Well Tempered Clavier." A music book correlated to the selections on this recording is available from your favorite print music dealer. Please ask for "Little Fugues and LIttle Preludes with Fugues" (GP405), Edited by Keith Snell, Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Publisher.
Keith Snell, Producer
Pianist Diane Hidy made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 after completing her studies with John Perry and Leon Fleisher. In 1987 Diane was the first woman to become a Fellow of the American Pianists Association and in 1982 was the winner of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition. She has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra s First Prize winner of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. Diane attended the Juilliard School of Music, and holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She spent her high school years in Seattle, Washington, where she was a student of Michiko Miyamoto.
Diane and her husband, J. Tony Smith, live in San Francisco, CA, where she teaches young beginners through advanced high school students and adults.