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A slow descending subject in three-time opens the fugue. It is suggested that subject bears a resemblance to the sinfonia of Cantata 152 (1714); but the key of the Cantata is G minor, so the resemblance is slight. The fugue is set in the form of a melodious triple-time dance—a minuet, or forlana—which unfolds spaciously through several episodes that direct the music toward a wonderfully inventive final section, full of ingenious contrapuntal intricacy and suspensions. A final pedal solo—a descending arpeggio figure, derived from material heard previously in the fugue though perhaps also consciously invoking the start of the Prelude—brings the fugue to a close.
from notes by George Parsons © 2017
extrait des notes rédigées par Robin Langley © 1993
Français: Alain Midoux
aus dem Begleittext von Robin Langley © 1993
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller
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