Compared to most other major composers, Johann
Sebastian Bach's life and career were confined to a
very limited geographical space. Born and raised in
Thuringia, he never went farther north than Hamburg and
Lübeck, or farther south than Carlsbad. In a similarly
confined way, his east-west range stretched from
Dresden (east) to Kassel (west). His complete
geographical space can be found on a map derived from
Christoph Wolff's great scholarly Bach study (Chr.
Wolff, Bach, Essays on His Life and Music. Harvard
University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991)
"Canon" comes from the Greek word for rule or law.
Musically, it designates the strictest form of
counterpoint in which one voice is bound to imitate the
rhythm, and interval content of another voice.
Although originally written for an unspecified
instrument, I created this Arrangement of the Canon in
C Major (BWV 1086) for Viola Duet.