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Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV546


A successful allabreve fugue is that from the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV546. The prelude to which it is attached shows signs of dating from at least 1730, around which time Bach was showing an interest in the da capo principle in his organ works (the first page of this powerful prelude is repeated to close it). The richness, especially, of the triplet figuration, and the ritornello form, also point to the composer’s mature Leipzig years.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Une fugue allabreve—et réussie—est celle de BWV546 en ut mineur. On trouve dans le prélude auquel elle est associée des indices qui laissent penser qu’il fut composé au moins vers 1730, période pendant laquelle Bach s’intéressait au principe da capo dans ses œuvres pour orgue (la première page de ce puissant prélude est répétée à la fin). La richesse, tout particulièrement de la figuration en triolets, et la forme de ritournelle, suggèrent les années de maturité du compositeur à Leipzig.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robin Langley © 1993
Français: Alain Midoux

Eine gelungenere Allabreve-Fuge ist die von BWV546 in c-Moll. Das Präludium, an das sie anschließt, läßt erkennen, daß es frühestens 1730 geschrieben wurde. Damals zeigte Bach bei seinen Orgelwerken Interesse am Da-Capo-Prinzip (die erste Seite des beeindruckenden Präludiums wird zu seinem Abschluß wiederholt). Die Üppigkeit insbesondere der Triolenfiguren und die Ritornellform lassen ebenfalls auf die gereifte Leipziger Zeit des Komponisten schließen.

aus dem Begleittext von Robin Langley © 1993
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues
CDD220622CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Movement 1: Prelude
Track 1 on CDD22062 CD2 [6'22] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 1 on CDS44121/36 CD3 [6'22] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Fugue
Track 2 on CDD22062 CD2 [6'03] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 2 on CDS44121/36 CD3 [6'03] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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