Classical Sunday: Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge

Written in the last decade of his life, Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) is the culmination of Bach’s experimentation with monothematic instrumental works.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

00:00 – Contrapunctus 1
03:12 – Contrapunctus 2
06:34 – Contrapunctus 3
10:27 – Contrapunctus 4
14:04 – Canon alla Ottava
16:37 – Contrapunctus 5
20:16 – Contrapunctus 6, a4, im Stile francese
24:35 – Canon alla Decima, Contrapuncto alla Terza
29:08 – Contrapunctus 7, a4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
39:20 – Contrapunctus 8, a3
41:19 – Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapuncto alla Quinta
32:35 – Contrapunctus 9, a4, alla Duodecima
44:17 – Contrapunctus 10, a4, alla Decima
48:29 – Canon per Augmentationem in contrario motu
54:14 – Contrapunctus 11, a4
59:25 – Contrapunctus 13, a3 (rectus)
01:01:44 – Contrapunctus 12, a4 (rectus)
01:04:15 – Fuga a 2 Clav.
01:06:31 – Contrapunctus 13, a3 (inversus)
01:08:51 – Contrapunctus 12, a4 (inversus)
01:11:15 – Alio modo Fuga a 2 Clav.
01:13:28 – Fuga a 3 Soggetti (unfinished)

The Art of Fugue

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Neville Marriner

Featured image: The last page, unfinished, of the manuscript of the “Fuga a 3 Soggetti”, from “The Art of Fugue” BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The note of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs reads: NB: ueber dieser Fuge, wo der Nahme B A C H im Contrasubject angebracht worden, ist Der Verfaßer gestorben (NB: on (read: “while working on”) this fugue, where the name B A C H is introduced (read: “written”) in the countersubject, the composer died).
Date: 1749

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