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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Fugue in C# Minor for Woodwind Quintet

Fugue in C# Minor for Woodwind Quintet
BWV 849 No 2
Johann Sebastian Bach




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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
Instrumentation :

Woodwind quintet : Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Key :C♯ minor
Copyright :Public Domain
The Well-Tempered Clavier is two sets of preludes and fugues for keyboard. Each set consists of twenty four preludes and fugues in all of the major and minor keys in ascending order. They were published in two separate "books," Book I, which was composed in 1722, and Book II, composed in 1744. The title of the work refers to a then new system of tuning, called equal temperament, in which an octave was divided into twelve equal intervals. This method of tuning replaced an earlier one called meantone tuning, in which the key of C major and those near it were purely intonated, while keys with many sharps or flats would be out of tune. In the meantone system, each tone and semitone is subtly different, while the equal tempered system eschewed perfect intonation for an equal division of the octave, such that each tone and semitone was equal. Bach certainly recognized the value of such a system--it allowed for greater freedom of modulation and use of chromaticism--and his Well-Tempered Clavier served as an effective promotion of this new tuning method. It is a vivid demonstration of the flexibility and practicality of the equal or "well" tempered keyboard. It is also an example of Bach's compositional genius and good taste: as his first biographer Johann Forkel noted, despite its perfectly idiomatic music and attention to specific technical issues, Bach likely composed this work away from the keyboard while on a trip with his patron, Prince Leopold.

Like many of Bach's great pedagogical works, the Well-Tempered Clavier is a collection of pieces whose musical value is as great as their instructional value. Each piece tests different techniques and addresses different technical challenges; however, Bach is careful not to sacrifice musicality for pedagogy, so that fugal subjects are simple yet interesting, motives are tastefully developed, and melodic lines are supple and shapely. There is no paucity of purely musical ideas in this work. Book II, composed some twenty-two years after the first, is noticeably less pedagogical in its emphasis, and is obviously addressed to the accomplished player rather than the "Musical youth" described on the title page of Book I. Book II also does not, in the printed score, make a point of equal temperament: by 1744, this new system was no longer new, and no longer required Bach's advocacy.

This ruminative prelude would fit well into one of Bach's cello suites if it managed to establish and sustain its mood with only one line, rather than the two separate voices employed here. The piece meanders at a fairly slow pace, then gives way to a remarkably suspenseful fugal subject very slow, the player seeming to pause after each note to decide which menacing direction to take next. This is one of Bach's stile antico fugues, not "antique" enough to resort to the casual imitation common in the Renaissance, but working out the material in the patient manner of Buxtehude and his predecessors. Ultimately, the fugue becomes obsessed with a five-note figure derived from the original subject, and with this it trudges resignedly to its conclusion. .

Source: Allmusic (http://www.allmusic.com/composition/prelude-and-fugue- for-keyboard-no-4-in-c-sharp-minor-wtc-i-4-bwv-849-bc-l 83-mc0002391375).

Although originally written for Harpsichord. I created this Interpretation of the Fugue in C# Minor BWV (849 No 2) for Woodwind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, French Horn & Bassoon).
Source / Web :MuseScore
Sheet central :Le Clavier bien tempéré I (207 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2018-04-17


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