This is the first in a series of 15 famous little
finger exercises by Johann Sebastian Bach. This
arrangement of the invention no. 1 in C Major begins
with the one instrument playing a generally
upward-lifting melody that seldom pauses, while the
other provides a steady but obviously simpler
accompaniment melody in the bass. Near the end,
however, Bach writes a brief call and response passage,
with the the two parts gently tossing back and forth
the half-bar motif that pervades this entire invention,
before joining forces again for the final measures.
Although originally written for keyboard, I created
this arrangement for Viola Duet.