Opening Night: The Well-Tempered Clavier at 300

Presented by San Francisco International Piano Festival

Bach's C Major Prelude that opens the Well-Tempered Clavier

The San Francisco International Piano Festival celebrates J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (1722) in an evening of musical conversation with Bach luminaries and an acclaimed composer who finds inspiration in the Well-Tempered Clavier.

Dr. Sharon Mann brings a lifetime of experience to the performance and teaching of Bach, and the festival is honored to welcome her for this special event. Rachel Breen, who will be featured in her own solo recital (August 21) joins us to perform selected preludes and fugues and offer her own insights as an interpreter. The second half of the evening will feature the world premiere of Kurt Erickson’s 17:22 written in celebration of this important anniversary of the Well-Tempered Clavier. Erickson’s work takes the C Major Prelude and Fugue as its point of departure and integrates the influence of Chick Corea and improvisation to create a work that reflects both structure and spontaneity. Finally, we celebrate César Franck’s bicentennial with his own homage to Bach, the mystical and dramatic Prelude, Choral et Fugue. Join us as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the piano festival alongside a once in a lifetime anniversary of the Well-Tempered Clavier!

Sharon Mann, Speaker

Rachel Breen, piano

Jeffrey LaDeur, piano


J.S. Bach Selected Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I

César Franck Prelude, Choral et Fugue

Kurt Erickson Seventeen Minutes and Twenty-Two Seconds (World Premiere)


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Program Items

J.S. Bach Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (1722)
Cesar Franck Prelude, Choral et Fugue
Kurt Erickson 17:22 (World Premiere)


Rachel Breen Piano
Jeffrey LaDeur Piano
Sharon Mann Guest Speaker

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