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The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Classical/Fugue • 1748 • Alternative Title: Die Kunst der Fuge
 
 
   
 

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Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue (for Piano), BWV 1080


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Canons and Fugues

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue. Canons and Fugues, BWV 1080


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For strings

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Arrangement for piano

Title by uploader: The Art of Fugue (for piano solo), BWV 1080


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Arrangement for piano solo of "The Art of Fugue" (Die Kunst der Fuge) written by J. S. Bach. It includes the 14 complete fugues and the incomplete 15th.




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Arrangement for SATB saxophone quartet

Title by uploader: J. S. Bach: The Complete Art of the Fugue, arranged for SATB saxophone quartet, BWV 1080


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D minor
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Duration
75'0
Year of composition
1740
Genre
Classical/Chamber music
The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
The Art of the Fugue is considered to be one of the greatest musical creations ever
undertaken. A series of fourteen fugues (last of which is not complete) and four canons
which are all based on the same d minor theme would perhaps seem, at first glance, to be a
pendantic academic exercise. However, in the hands of a composer such as Bach, the
monothematic material is magnified through repetion which creates a sound universe which
is all it’s own.
The work is also shrouded in mystery, as there are no tempo indications in the manuscript,
no indications of the instrumentation which Bach intended and no clear indication as to the
order of the movements. An ordering was given to the work after the composer’s death by
the composer’s son, C. P. E. BACH which attempted to underline the pedogogical aspects of
the composition (as a sort of a textbook for studying fugues and counterpoint). The order
used in this arrangement respects this ordering as it was given by Bach’s heirs. It would
seem probable however, that this order was not that intended by Bach.
The name which Bach uses for each fugue of the work « Contrapunctus » is also not usual
However, in the autograph, the Canons are refered to as simply Canon I etc. Bach was
supervising publication of this work at the end of his life and at the moment of his death, the
plates had been made, although they were left unordered. As there are seperate cycles of
simple fugues (Contrapuncti 1-4), Stretto or Counter fugues (Contrapuncti 5-7) , Double or
Triple fugues (Contrapuncti 8-11), Mirror Fugues (Contrapuncti 16-18) and the Final Triple
Fugue (Contrapunctus 19) that is said by Forkel (an early Biographer of Bach) to be the first
in series that was to end with a fugue with four subjects, each of which was to be inverted, it
would seem from the manuscript sources that the Canons were intended to seperate these
cycles. A possible ordering, which goes from the most simple to the most complex would be
as follows :
Contrapuncti 1-4 : Simple Fugues
Canon at the Octave (Contrapunctus XII)
Contrapuncti 5-7 : Counter or Stretto Fugues
Canon at the Tenth (Contrapunctus XIV)
Contrapuncti 8-11 : Double and Triple Fugues (N.B Contrapunctus X Bis, which is a varient
of the material used in Contrapunctus X is not found in every edition of this work and may be
omitted in performance.)
Canon at the 12th (Contrapunctus XIII)
Contrapuncti 16-18 : Mirror Fugues
Canon for Augentation in contrary motion (Contrapunctus XV)
Contrapunctus 19 Fugue with Three Subjects
In the end, the ordering of the movements is something which is a personal choice, as there
is no way of knowing for sure what Bach intended.
The idea that Bach died while composing the last fugue of the work, just after having
inscribed his name musically in the famous B-A-C-H theme is almost certainly a fantasy
created in the 19th century. It is almost certain that the final fugue was completed and the
manuscripts pages were then lost by his Estate. Analysis of the handwriting and watermarks
in the paper would indicate that the compostion dates from around 1740. In the first edition,
the editors decided to create a cadence and cut several measures out of the ending. In this
arrangement, both the edited version and the final segment found in the autograph score are
included. It is a matter of choice which is more effective. The first edition of this work also
added, as a compensation for the final, unfinished fugue, the organ Choral ‘Wenn wir in
höchsten Nöthen sein' which Bach was revising at the time of his death. Other than to
provide an ending, there is no basis that this Choral is part of the Art of the Fugue and
indeed, the differences in tonality, treatment of the four voices and the absence of the use of
the theme of the rest of the work would tend to prove the contrary. Also the use of an organ
chorale at the end would tend to suggest that Bach intended this w
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Arrangement for string quartet

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for String Quartet, BWV 1080


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No.1-5

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 Nos.1-5


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No.6-10

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 Nos.6-10


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No.11-14

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 Nos.11-14


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No.1-5. For string quartet and keyboard

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for String Quartet and Piano, BWV 1080 Nos.1-5


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No.6-10. For string quartet and keyboard

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for String Quartet and Piano, BWV 1080 Nos.6-10


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No.16-19. For string quartet and keyboard

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for Strings and Pianos, BWV 1080 Nos.16-19


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No.11-15. For string quartet and keyboard

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for String Quartet and Piano, BWV 1080 Nos.11-15


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No.11-19. For string quartet and harpsichord

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for String Quartet and Harpsichord, BWV 1080 Nos.11-19


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With Early Version Nos.10, 15, Final Version No.12
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No.1-13

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for Keyboard, BWV 1080 No.1-13


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No.1-10. For string quartet and harpsichord

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue for String Quartet and Harpsichord, BWV 1080 Nos.1-10


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No.1

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No.1, for guitar

Title by uploader: J. S. Bach Art of fugue. Fuga 1 in Bb major. Guitar transcription, BWV 1080


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J. S. Bach Art of fugue 1
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No.2

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, No.2, BWV 1080


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No.2

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No.3

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No.3

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No.4

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No.5

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No.5

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No.6

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No.7

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No.7

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No.8

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No.9

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No.9, for saxophone quartet

Title by uploader: Contrapunctus IX


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Jonathan Frost
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Duration
1'33
Year of composition
1750
Genre
Classical/Chamber music
My personal favorite from the Art of The Fugue. For saxophone quartet. Because it is a Bach piece, I did not write in a tempo; I used 110 half notes per minute.
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No.9

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No.10

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No.11

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No.12

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, No.12, BWV 1080


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No.12 Un poco Allegro, for guitar

Title by uploader: J. S. Bach Art of fugue. Fuga 12 Un poco Allegro, BWV1080

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Guitar Transcription from the Art of Fugue for keyboard
BWV 1080 transcribed for guitar Bb Major
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No.11

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No.13

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No.14

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, No.14 Canon alla Decima, BWV 1080


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No.13

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No.15

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No.16

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No.16

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No.19 (Unfinished)

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, No.19 (Unfinished), BWV 1080


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Four canons, arranged for Bb clarient and bassoon

Title by uploader: J. S. Bach: Four Canons from 'The Art of the Fuge', arranged for Bb clarient and bassoon, BWV 1080


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Clarinet, Bassoon
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Key
D minor
Movement(s)
1 to 4 from 4
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Paul Wehage
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Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
21'0
Year of composition
1750
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1. Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu Canon in which the following voice is both inverted and augmented.
2. Canon alla Ottava: Canon in imitation at the octave
3. Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza: Canon in imitation at the tenth
4. Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta: Canon in imitation at the twelfth

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No.18

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue, No.18, BWV 1080


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Appendix for Harpsichord

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue. Appendix for Harpsichord, BWV 1080


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Appendix for Strings

Title by uploader: The Art of the Fugue. Appendix for Strings, BWV 1080


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Wolfgang Graeser
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