The Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV163 is unusual in being for manuals only. It begins in the customary free manner, and the first of its fugues is jig-like in character. The lengthy second one, which follows a further free passage, is based on a subject beginning with a rising fifth and repeated notes, and here Buxtehude anticipates the athletic, Italianate writing of J S Bach’s maturity. The third and final fugue, which follows a very lively free passage, is another of Buxtehude’s jigs.
from notes by Relf Clark © 2011