Bach's Art of Fugue came down to us without any clear indication of the performing forces desired. The fugue was primarily a keyboard genre, and this massive, almost mystically complex extraction of well over an hour's worth of contrapuntal treatments from a simple fugue subject is most often performed on a harpsichord or organ. But the work's abstract quality has invited performances on other instruments for decades. String quartet versions on recordings go back to a Roth Quartet version of the 1930s, in an arrangement to which Roy Harris contributed
Cello – Martin Ostertag. Composed By – Johann Sebastian Bach. Engineer – Andreas Neubronner, Henno Quasthoff. Harpsichord – Hedwig Bilgram. Harpsichord – Egino Klepper. Orchestra – Bell' Arte Ensemble. Producer – Udo Unger. Recorded By – Heinz Jansen.
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer. Part 1: 14 Fugues (Contrapuncti) Work. Wolfgang Rubsam Organ. 1. Contrapunctus 1 (simple fugue). 2. Contrapunctus 2 (simple fugue with 'French rhythm'). 3. Contrapunctus 3 (simple inversion fugue). 4. Contrapunctus 4 (simple inversion fugue with countersubject). Johann Sebastian Bach Composer. Part 2: 4 Canons Work.
Contrapunctus 2", "The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: III. Contrapunctus 3" and many more. 7. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: VII. Contrapunctus 7, "Per augmentationem et diminutionem". 8. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: VIII. Contrapunctus 8. 6:07. 9. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: IX. Contrapunctus 9, "Alla duodecima". 10. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: X. Contrapunctus 10, "Alla decima". 11. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: XI. Contrapunctus 11. 7:03. 12. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: XII. Contrapunctus 12 Rectus. 13. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: XIII. Contrapunctus 12 Inversus. 14. The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: XIV. Contrapunctus 13 Rectus
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The Art of Fugue is composed of eighteen monothematic pieces divided into five chapters, plus one unfinished fugue, each derived from a single four measure line in d minor. To do this Bach needs to go no further than to utilize material already sounded. Again, the utility of fugue. Bach takes the 3rd subject from ., employs it in retrograde (backwards) and in inverted form (upside down), and then takes the subject of . and employs it in inverted form. The result is a cacophony of lines that spider out in an increasingly kaleidoscopic fashion.
BPM Profile Art of Fugue. Album starts at 58BPM, ends at BPM (-58), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Johann Sebastian Bach. Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.
Fugue and the art of counterpoint are often almost bywords for Bach the composer. Certainly, from the viewpoint of many later generations, he was the first composer to make fugue the basis for a whole and complete piece of music, one that often seemed to serve no purpose beyond the ‘purely musical’.