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Praeludium in F sharp minor, BuxWV146
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In the magnificent Praeludium in F sharp minor, BuxWV146 fiery semiquavers precede the low F sharp over which the subsequent bars unfold, and a passage of stately, homophonic writing then introduces a fugue marked Grave and based on a subject whose descending diminished seventh anticipates both Handel and J S Bach. At bar 50 a second fugue begins (Vivace): the three-semiquaver group at the beginning of its subject is the germ from which grows all the improvisatory material that follows; and the scintillating final page is a worthy conclusion indeed. Here and throughout the work Young’s Temperament excitingly underlines the unusual key.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

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