The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750 / Edition 1

The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750 / Edition 1

by Joseph Kerman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520243587

ISBN-13: 9780520243583

Pub. Date: 07/25/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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.
In a series of elegantly written essays, eminent musicologist Joseph Kerman discusses his favorite Bach keyboard fugues—some of them among the best-known fugues and others much less familiar. Kerman skillfully, at times playfully, reveals the inner workings of these pieces, linking the form of the fugues with their many different characters and expressive qualities, and illuminating what makes them particularly beautiful, powerful, and moving.

These witty, insightful pieces, addressed to musical amateurs as well as to specialists and students, are beautifully augmented by a CD with new performances made specially for this volume.
In addition to the complete scores for all the music discussed in the book, the CD features Karen Rosenak, piano, playing two preludes and fugues from TheWell-Tempered Clavier—C Major, book 1; and B Major, book 2—and recordings by Davitt Moroney of the Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952, on clavichord; the Fugue on "Jesus Christus unser Heiland," BWV 689, on organ; and the Fantasy and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904, on harpsichord.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243583
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/25/2005
Edition description:
First Edition, Includes a CD with New Recordings by Davitt Moroney and Karen Ros
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Contents of the CD     xi
Preface     xv
Acknowledgments     xxi
Fugue in C Major: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1     1
Fugue in C Minor: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1     11
Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952     17
Fugue in C-sharp Minor: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1     23
Contrapunctus 1: The Art of Fugue     33
Contrapunctus 10: The Art of Fugue     39
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903     51
Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1     65
Fugue in E Major: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 2     75
Fugue on "Jesus Christus unser Heiland": Clavierubung, book 3     85
Fugue in F-sharp Minor: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1     95
Gigue: English Suite no. 3 in G Minor     103
Fugue in A-flat Major: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1     109
Fugue in A Minor: Fantasy and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904     115
Fugue in B-flat Major: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 2     125
Fugue in B Major: The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 2     133
Afterword     143
Notes     149
Notes to the CD     155
Glossary     159
Bibliography     167
Index     171

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