Unique among Bach's works -- assuming it is by Bach --
this is a fugue in jig-time, the sort of thing one
finds in Buxtehude and Pachelbel, but at a lower skill
level. It begins, innocently enough, with a cheerful
tune in dotted Gigue rhythm, but quickly proves to be a
treacherous test of virtuosity with its rapid,
four-voice writing and its especially difficult pedal
part. The fugue works well if played in a low-key
manner, but some performers feel that if they're going
to take the trouble to master this three-minute piece,
they should impress the audience with its difficulty,
so with a combination of showy registration choices and
fast tempo, this can also be used as a barn-burner.
Although originally composed for Organ, I created this
modern interpretation of the Fugue in G Major (BWV 577)
for Guitar Quartet.