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(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Fugue in A Minor for Double Reed Quartet

Fugue in A Minor for Double Reed Quartet
BWV 947
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
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Double-Reed Quartet

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Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Key :A minor
Copyright :Public Domain
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

The manuscripts that preserved the Fugue in A Minor (BWV 947) are lost, and it is known only from nineteenth-century editions. It is more homophonic than the other fugues examined here; it has a regular countersubject, but the last few statements of the subject are accompanied simply by chords, and the episodes consist of banal figuration with equally simple accompaniment. The composer was competent but unimaginative, incorporating two almost verbatim repetitions, something never found in a well-attributed Bach fugue (mm. 48b-53 II 54-8 and 72-75a = 76a-80). In fact hardly anything in the piece resembles music known to be by Bach. One of the few points of contact is the subject, whose repeated notes and simple conjunct motion recall the opening movement of the organ Fantasia in G, BWV 571. That work's authorship has also been questioned, but it has a much more respectable source situation, and its almost absurdly simple thematic material and counterpoint seem a deliberate ploy, reflecting its peculiar and rather appealing combination of fugue and ritornello-form elements." The most attractive aspect of BWV 947 is its neatness, evident in the immediate repetitions of simple motives and the regular two-measure intervals between entries in the two main expositions (mm. 1-8 and 33-40). This is not characteristic even of Bach's earliest pieces, and BWV 947 is almost certainly not his work.

Source: Edition by Griepenkerl (Leipzig, 1847). Modern editions: BG 36; Dadelsen and Ronnau (1970); NBA V/12.

Although originally written for Harpsichord. I created this Interpretation of the Fugue in A Minor (BWV 947) for Double-Reed Quartet (2 Oboes, English Horn & Bassoon).
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Added by magataganm the 2017-06-04

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