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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Fugue on a Theme by Giovanni Legrenzi for Brass Quartet

Fugue on a Theme by Giovanni Legrenzi for Brass Quartet
BWV 574
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
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Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Johann Sebastian Bach was better known as a virtuoso organist than as a composer in his day. His sacred music, organ and choral works, and other instrumental music had an enthusiasm and seeming freedom that concealed immense rigor. Bach's use of counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the immense complexities of his compositional style -- which often included religious and numerological symbols that seem to fit perfectly together in a profound puzzle of special codes -- still amaze musicians today. Many consider him the greatest composer of all time.

As a young man, Bach developed a rather unique talent for writing long passages of pseudo recitative for the organ, trusting the acoustics of the building to 'fill out' the harmony the listener experiences, even though no more than a single note at any one time is being played. The organ wasn't the only instrument where he displayed this skill as with his Cello sonatas.

Giovanni Legrenzi was an Italian composer of opera, vocal and instrumental music, and organist, of the Baroque era. He was one of the most prominent composers in Venice in the late 17th century, and extremely influential on the development of late Baroque idioms across northern Italy.

This fugue was probably written during Bach's years in Arnstadt, where he served as organist at the Neue Kirche. He had always shown interest in the works of the Italian masters and wrote a number of compositions based on their themes, including Fugue for organ in B minor (on a Theme of Corelli) (BWV 579), Fugue for keyboard in B minor (on a theme of Albinoni) (BWV 951), and this C minor effort for organ based on a theme by Giovanni Legrenzi (1626 - 1690). The work opens with Legrenzi's theme, a stately creation that Bach brilliantly developed during the course of the fugue. It begins with a sort of five-note motto that rises high on the keyboard, almost serving as a repeating fanfare on each of its appearances. Not surprisingly, Bach's contrapuntal writing is brilliant throughout and at the core of the work's success, inner voices emerge with crucial detail or blend deftly with the main line to forge some new thematic aspect. Near the end is a cadenza-like episode of great drama that leads to a brilliant, powerful close. This work typically has a duration of six or seven minutes.

Source: Allmusic ( y-legrenzi-for-org...).

Although originally composed for Organ, I created this modern interpretation of the Fugue on a Theme by Giovanni Legrenzi in C Minor (BWV 574) for Brass Quartet (Bb Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn & F Tuba).
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Sheet central :Fugue sur le Theme de Giovanni Legrenzi (5 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2016-07-13

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