Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Art of FugueBach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joseph Kerman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243583

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243583.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 22 October 2019

Fugue in A Minor

Fugue in A Minor

Fantasy and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904

Chapter:
(p.115) Chapter 14 Fugue in A Minor
Source:
The Art of Fugue
Author(s):

Joseph Kerman

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243583.003.0014

The fugue in A Minor is a central fugue that circulates a familiar-sounding chromatic subject twice through each of the four voices. This seems a better way of describing the overall plan than to speak of two (irregular) four-part expositions, for the entries all come in pairs—with substantial and specially important episodes between them; the motif of the first of these episodes is worked into a freely varied countersubject. The episodes are especially important because of the essentially neutral affect of the main, chromatic theme. This chromatic pattern also turns up again and again in Baroque music not associated with any text. Accents of lament must always be at least latent in the chromatic subjects, always open to the possibility of activation by means of some further musical parameter or device.

Keywords:   central fugue, A Minor, chromatic subject, Baroque music, neutral affect

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.