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Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV591
by J D Heinichen ?

'Bach: Organ Cornucopia' (CDA67139)
Bach: Organ Cornucopia
'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
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Track 23 on CDA67139 [5'06]
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Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV591
The Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV591, is sometimes regarded as a harpsichord work; the arpeggiated chords at the end of the first section suggest an affinity with the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue. The three-movement design – Introitus – Centrum – Exitus – represents a journey away from and back to the clarity and purity of C major by way of a series of convoluted harmonic side-shifts. The appoggiaturas of the fugal subject in Centrum give rise to one statement of the BACH motif (B flat, A, C, B natural) in its penultimate bar – whether by accident or design it is hard to say.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1999

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