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Little Fugue in G minor, BWV578


The Fugue in G minor, BWV578, is sometimes called the ‘Little’ G minor Fugue, to differentiate it from its more famous cousin, BWV542. Yet this is misleading; BWV578, though shorter than BWV542, is still grandly conceived. The subject is long, highly melodic, and given rhythmic variety: it moves from slow to fast note values. Even the key—G minor—seems to be driven home with more weight than might usually be found in a short fugue: the home key—G minor—is emphasised by an unusual additional tonic entry of the subject at the end of the Fugue’s first section. Yet the Fugue’s weightiness is balanced by a playful quality to the style, compelled by harmonic strength that underpins lyrical counterpoint, a reason that has guaranteed its success in an orchestration by Leopold Stowkowski.

from notes by George Parsons 2016


Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 3
SIGCD803Download only 4 November 2016 Release
Bach: Organ Miniatures
CDA67211/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 - A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 17 on SIGCD803 [3'45] Download only 4 November 2016 Release
Track 2 on CDA67211/2 CD1 [3'28] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 1 on CDA67767 [3'27]
Track 2 on CDS44121/36 CD5 [3'28] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67211/2 disc 1 track 2

Recording date
21 November 1996
Recording venue
Stadtkirche, Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Organ Miniatures (CDA67211/2)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: May 2008
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 5 Track 2
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) Deleted
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