Sheet Music: Invention No. 8 in F major

TitleInvention No. 8 in F major
Opus numberBWV 779
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
Time signature3/4
Tempo90 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-08-05
Last updated2009-08-05
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Wednesday 5 August 2009

Tune of the Day: Invention No. 8 in F major

by Johann Sebastian Bach

The Inventions, also known as the Two-Part Inventions, are a collection of fifteen short keyboard compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, who originally wrote them as exercises for the musical education of his students in the German city of Köthen.

Bach's Inventions were thus designed as teaching pieces rather than for performance. As stated on the title page of the work, the collection wants to be “A faithful Guide, whereby admirers of the harpsichord are shown a plain Method of learning not only to play cleanly in two Parts […] and at the same time not merely how to get good Inventions, but also how to develop the same well; but above all, to obtain a cantabile Style of playing, [i.e. a style which imitates the human voice] and together with this to get a strong Foretaste of Composition”.