The Prelude and Fugue in C major from the WTC I are a very complex set of two pieces which reveals Bach’s mastery of harmonic and contrapuntal writing. Prelude is thirty five measures long. Although Bach keeps the arpeggio texture throughout the piece, the Prelude is written in five voice texture with a smooth voice ted Reading Time: 8 mins.
Towards the end of the Prelude, we hear long, motionless notes in the pedal and at a certain moment the movement seems to falter to a halt in a series of chords that go off the harmonic rails. In the Fugue, too, Bach strategically breaks the ongoing movement.
Bach must be understood in the context of his time. The Baroque Prelude was a common form of the time, and was often improvisatory in nature, similar to a Toccata or a Fantasy. Numerous examples abound, especially in German keyboard music, of preludes coupled with fugues.
· Re: Prelude and Fugue on the name of A.L.A.I.N Ahhh, the Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d' Alain. Sheer beauty! The recording I have is a three CD set called 'Les Orgues de Paris de Couperin a Messiaen' on the Erato label. The organist is Marie-Madeleine Durufle' playing the organ at Saint-Etienne-Du-Mont.
· Yes, each Prelude and Fugue is one complete piece. To play just a prelude or a fugue would be like only playing half of a work. IMO BTW, while some schools may list a Bach P&F as an audition requirement, the ones I've talked with say that I could play a Bach Suite or Partita instead.
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