Beside being an influential and prolific composer, Johann Sebastian Bach was
one of the great teachers of his day. He was a dedicated master of the
keyboard, always exploring and expanding his knowledge of the instrument.
Technique was of paramount significance to Bach, and he was always developing
exercises to improve his students’ playing. Bach developed those exercises
into the pieces presented in 18 Short Preludes. However, these compositions
are more than keyboard exercises. They are light, airy, fun works that reflect
Bach’s love of the short, simple prelude form. They provide the beginning
student with an excellent introduction to the genius of J. S. Bach.
This Alfred edition was carefully and methodically prepared by Willard A.
Palmer. An introductory section offers a thorough explanation of trills,
mordents, appoggiaturas and other proper ornamentation applicable to these
preludes. This feature helps make this edition of Bach’s 18Short Preludes
the most practical and attractive one available.