Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, "The Little Fugue", is a
piece of organ music written by Johann Sebastian Bach
sometime around his years at Arnstadt (1703--1707). It
is one of Bach's best known fugues and has been
arranged for other voices, including an orchestral
version made by Leopold Stokowski.
It is a common misconception that the Little fugue in G
minor is so-called because it is unimportant. In fact,
early editors of Bach's work attached this title to
distinguish it from the later Great Fantasia and Fugue
in G minor, BWV 542, which is longer in duration.
The fugue's four-and-a-half measure subject is one of
Bach's most recognizable tunes. The fugue is in four
voices. During the episodes, Bach uses one of Arcangelo
Corelli's most famous techniques: imitation between two
voices on an eighth note upbeat figure that first leaps
up a fourth and then falls back down one step at a
Although originally composed for Organ, I created this
modern interpretation of the Fugue in G Minor (BWV 578)
for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).