As the title implies, in this piece Bartók adheres to many attributes of the music of J.S. Bach. He writes this piece in a clear contrapuntal style. Accent marks help show which line to bring out. The hands hardly move from their original five-finger position, but challenging accidentals can pose their own problems. Careful counting and a steady tempo are essential in this piece reminiscent of Baroque music. Also, students may have difficulty pacing the four-measure rit. partway through. The piece ends with polytonality, creating a unique dissonance.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow