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Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H, S529i
composer
circa 1856; first version

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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 51 – Paralipomènes' (CDA67233/4)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 51 – Paralipomènes
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H, S529i
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The first version of what Liszt later called Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H but originally entitled Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B-a-c-h (touchingly writing in Bach’s name wherever the musical motif is encountered) remained unpublished until the excellent Neue Liszt-Ausgabe issued it in 1983. This version is a piano transcription of the first version for organ, completed in 1856. The piano version probably dates from around the same time. Liszt made the second piano version using a copy of the first as a starting point, and finally made the second organ version from the second piano version! All the versions follow more or less the same structural arrangement, but differ in a myriad of details which make for fascinating comparisons. Only the fugal exposition is exactly the same.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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