Following the critical and audience acclaim for his Goldberg Variations / Variations, Dan Tepfer introduces a new project, Inventions / Reinventions. Bach composed his Inventions as study pieces for his students, covering eight major and seven minor keys in the set, for a total of fifteen. But there are twenty-four possible major and minor keys, so there are nine missing. In Inventions / Reinventions, while playing Bach’s original compositions sequentially, Dan Tepfer creates his own Inventions for the missing keys, freely improvising new ones during each performance. In so doing, he follows the logic behind Bach’s beloved original pieces, in which simple musical ideas, like characters in a novel or a play, are taken on a harmonic journey to foreign keys before returning home.
See the full performance below: