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Toccata in E minor, BWV914


Angela Hewitt (piano)
Recording details: January 2002
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: July 2002
Total duration: 6 minutes 49 seconds

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The Toccata in E minor, BWV914, is a well-constructed and appealing work. The main curiosity here is the origin of the concluding fugue. Large parts of it seem to be borrowed directly from an anonymous composition discovered in a Naples manuscript. The subject, which certainly has elements of the Italian violin style, is almost identical. The episodes, however, contain material by Bach that is more refined and complex than anything written by the mysterious Italian. Preceding it are three sections: a brief introduction in the lower register of the keyboard; a double fugue marked ‘Un poco Allegro’; and a cadenza-like adagio that is written over a descending bass line. The latter is marked ‘Praeludium’ in one copy made by a Bach student, which leads us to think that it was perhaps, along with the fugue, an independent composition before being recycled as part of the toccata.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2002

La Toccata en mi mineur, BWV914 est une page bien construite et séduisante. La curiosité principale réside dans l’origine de la dernière fugue. De larges parties semblent être directement empruntées à une œuvre anonyme découverte à Naples sous forme manuscrite. Le sujet, qui comprend certainement des éléments du style violonistique italien est presque identique. Les épisodes, cependant, contiennent un matériau propre à Bach, plus raffiné et complexe que tout ce que le mystérieux Italien avait pu écrire. Trois sections la précèdent : une courte introduction dans le registre grave du clavier, une double fugue notée « Un poco Allegro » et un adagio aux allures de cadence écrit sur une ligne de basse descendante. Celle-ci est notée « Praeludium » dans une copie réalisée par un étudiant de Bach, ce qui nous mène à penser qu’elle était peut-être, ainsi que la fugue, une composition indépendante avant d’être recyclée au sein de la toccata.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Die Toccata in e-Moll, BWV914 ist ein weiteres wohlkonstruiertes und ansprechendes Stück. Das Hauptinteresse gilt hier den Ursprüngen der Schlussfuge. Große Teile scheinen direkt einem anonymen Werk entnommen zu sein, das in einem Manuskript aus Neapel entdeckt wurde. Das Thema, in dem gewisse Elemente des italienischen Violinstils offensichtlich sind, ist fast identisch. Die Zwischenspiele jedoch bestehen aus Bachs eigenem Material, das verfeinerter und komplexer ist als jegliche Überlieferungen des unbekannten Italieners. Diesem Teil sind drei Abschnitte vorangestellt: eine kurze Einleitung im tieferen Register des Instruments, eine Doppelfuge überschrieben mit „Un poco Allegro“ und ein kadenzartiges Adagio, dem eine absteigende Basslinie zugrunde liegt. Letzteres ist in einer Kopie, die von einem Bachschüler angefertigt wurde, mit „Praeludium“ überschrieben, was bedeuten könnte, dass es möglicher­weise zusammen mit der Fuge zunächst ein selbstständiges Werk war, bevor es als Teil der Toccata wiederverwertet wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2002
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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