- Title Pages
- Contents of the CD
Chapter 1Fugue in C Major
Chapter 2Fugue in C Minor
Chapter 3Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952
Chapter 4Fugue in C-sharp Minor
Chapter 5Contrapunctus 1
Chapter 6Contrapunctus 10
Chapter 7Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903
Chapter 8Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major
Chapter 9Fugue in E Major
Chapter 10Fugue on “Jesus Christus Unser Heiland”
Chapter 11Fugue in F-sharp Minor
Chapter 13Fugue in A-flat Major
Chapter 14Fugue in A Minor
Chapter 15Fugue in B-flat Major
Chapter 16Fugue 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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