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Prelude and Fugue in C minor
composer
1920/1; published 1930

Recordings
'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 13' (CDA67734)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 13
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Movement 1: Prelude
Movement 2: Fugue

Prelude and Fugue in C minor
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Alone among major British composers of the twentieth century, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, having studied the instrument with Walter Parratt at the Royal College of Music and Alan Gray at Cambridge. In 1899, after a brief period as a church organist, he abandoned the organ-loft, but in the years immediately following the First World War he turned to the instrument again and wrote the well-known preludes on Welsh hymn-tunes (published in 1920) and the Prelude and Fugue in C minor. Although the latter dates from 1920–21, it was not published until 1930, when it appeared both as an orchestral work and as an organ piece. The ritornello-form first movement calls to mind the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV546 of J S Bach. The fugue is in A–B–A form and based on a subject whose pentatonic outline seems like an augury of gentle pastoralism; but both movements display a gritty, truculent brand of counterpoint that anticipates the dissonance and fury of Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No 4 in F minor, the composition of which spanned the years 1931–4.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2009

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Details for CDA67734 track 20
Prelude
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-09-73420
Duration
5'41
Recording date
2 June 2008
Recording venue
Västerås Cathedral, Sweden
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Organ Fireworks, Vol. 13 (CDA67734)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: May 2009
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