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(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Fugue in B Minor for Brass Quartet

Fugue in B Minor for Brass Quartet
BWV 579
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 (1685 – 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

The date of composition here is uncertain, though the high quality of the work suggests Bach had already attained a mastery of the fugue form. Thus, it probably dates at least to the early years of the composer's Weimar period (1708 - 1717), during which he was the court organist in the service of the Duke of Sachsen-Weimar. In this Fugue in B minor, he uses a theme by Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli, who gave it a vigorous (Allegro) treatment. Bach, on the other hand, slows the tempo and imaginatively alters its character, converting its vivacity to a slightly melancholy deliberateness. Bach presents Corelli's theme in a somber dressing at the outset, the pacing leisurely, the textures light. There is virtually no hint of the Italianate character or lively manner of the original here. Instead, the music has a serious demeanor, but is hardly devoid of color and spirit. As the work proceeds, inner voices become more active, textures thicken, and a subtle sense of tension develops, culminating in an ambivalent but resolute ending. Bach's fugal writing is brilliantly crafted throughout, growing somewhat more animated in the brighter second half.

Source: Allmusic ( y-corelli-for-organ-in-b-minor-bwv-579-bc-j68-mc0002359 493).

Although originally composed for Organ, I created this modern interpretation of the Fugue in B Minor (BWV 579) Transposed for Brass Quartet (Bb Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn & F Tuba).
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Sheet central :Fugue sur le Theme de Corelli (3 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2016-10-10

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Music for Four Brass, Volume 1, Part 1 - Bb Trumpet
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Music for Four Brass, Volume 1, Part 2 - Bb Trumpet
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