- Title Pages
- Contents of the CD
- Chapter 1 Fugue in C Major
- Chapter 2 Fugue in C Minor
- Chapter 3 Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952
- Chapter 4 Fugue in C-sharp Minor
- Chapter 5 Contrapunctus 1
- Chapter 6 Contrapunctus 10
- Chapter 7 Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903
- Chapter 8 Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major
- Chapter 9 Fugue in E Major
- Chapter 10 Fugue on “Jesus Christus Unser Heiland”
- Chapter 11 Fugue in F-sharp Minor
- Chapter 12 Gigue
- Chapter 13 Fugue in A-flat Major
- Chapter 14 Fugue in A Minor
- Chapter 15 Fugue in B-flat Major
- Chapter 16 Fugue in B Major
- Notes to the CD
Fugue in B Major
Fugue in B Major
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2
- (p.133) Chapter 16 Fugue in B Major
- The Art of Fugue
- University of California Press
An entrée to the fugue in B Major, one of Bach's most beautiful fugues, can be gained from a composer who learned The Well Tempered Clavier as a boy and at the end of his life found himself drawing on it again and again. In the opening exposition, the slow, measured tread of the subject reaches up to its climax just in time to break off and cede to a graceful tumble of shorter, weaker steps reclaiming the entire octave. B Major deals its two countersubjects in section one but only one in section two, an easy enough hand for a composer with four voices at his disposal. This leads to an extended passage devoted to various thematic combinations and modulations.
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