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Prelude in A minor, BWV551

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The Prelude in A minor, BWV551 corresponds to the scale of the North German models for this type of composition. The sections are all much shorter than in the E major Toccata and the two fugue subjects are less obviously related, but the rising chromatic phrase, which is an element of both, gives a feeling of unity. The highly concentrated postlude—based largely on new material—rounds off the piece in a dramatic and exciting fashion.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Die Form des Präludiums in a-Moll, BWV551, ist ähnlicher Natur, jedoch in kleinerem Rahmen. Hinsichtlich seines Umfangs entspricht es eher den norddeutschen Beispielen dieses Genres. Die Präludiumsteile sind generell kürzer als die Teile der E-Dur-Toccata, und die Verbindung der beiden Fugenthemen ist weniger offensichtlich. Durch eine ansteigende chromatische Phrase—ein Element, das beide Fugenthemen gemeinsam haben—entsteht jedoch ein Gefühl der Einheit. Das äußerst konzentrierte Nachspiel, das größtenteils auf neuem Material basiert, verleiht dem Stück einen dramatischen und spannenden Schluß.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

Recordings

Bach: Organ Miniatures
CDA67211/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 5 on CDA67211/2 CD2 [5'20] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 5 on CDS44121/36 CD6 [5'20] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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