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The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750

Joseph Kerman


Fugue for J. S. Bach was a natural language; he wrote fugues in organ toccatas and voluntaries, in masses and motets, in orchestral and chamber music, and even in his sonatas for violin solo. The more intimate fugues he wrote for keyboard are among the greatest, most influential, and best-loved works in all of Western music. They have long been the foundation of the keyboard repertory, played by beginning students and world-famous virtuosi alike. This book discusses the author's favorite Bach keyboard fugues—some of them among the best-known fugues and others much less familiar—and reveals the ... More

Keywords: organ toccatas, organ voluntaries, masses, motets, orchestral music, chamber music, violin sonatas, Karen Rosenak, Davitt Moroney

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520243583
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Kerman, author