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Fantasia in C minor, BWV1121


Bach’s Fantasia in C minor, BWV1121, is a beautifully crafted miniature. Contrapuntal, it has been dated to Bach’s Weimar period, and models a Fantasia manualiter style that bears a similarity to others in Bach’s corpus, such as the Fantasia in B minor BWV563. BWV1121 shares with BWV563 a sectional structure and a concentrated motivic texture, though it is smaller in scope and, unlike BWV563, can be played entirely by the hands. The structure is characterised by short phrases with frequent introduction of new motives, often at the top of the texture, coloured early on by the seeds of chromaticism; these come full flower in a satisfying final coda section marked by a change of metre after a striking interrupted cadence.

from notes by George Parsons © 2016


Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 3
Studio Master: SIGCD803Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD803 [3'12] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD803 track 7

Recording date
17 April 2015
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew O'Donovan
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Robin Hawkins
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  1. Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 3 (SIGCD803)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2016
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