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The Art of FugueBach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750$
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Joseph Kerman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243583

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243583.001.0001

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Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952

Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952

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(p.17) Chapter 3 Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952
Source:
The Art of Fugue
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Joseph Kerman

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243583.003.0003

This fugue functions in a lively passage of preparation for the strong cadence. The brevity and a certain rhythmic quirk in the subject of BWV 952 hint at a spoof of the old-fashioned straggling subjects. It counts as the first of an almost breathless string of witticisms or antics coming up in this little composition. The rhythmic quirk arises from a slightly irregular accent thrown by an upbeat figure onto an even beat of the bar. Various points of interest in this fughetta are discussed, which include bars in the countersubject that may be a glib sequence emerging from the exposition or a pair of entries after the central cadence that has led to D minor.

Keywords:   BWV 952, fughetta, rhythmic quirk, D minor, antics

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