Bach prelude and fugue in c sharp minor book 1

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bach prelude and fugue in c sharp minor book 1

Fugue in C-sharp Minor: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - California Scholarship

Forgot password? Don't have an account? The fugue in C-sharp Minor ranks as the superstar—the shortest, the most constrained, and the most obsessive. The subject consists of only five notes, drawn from four consecutive pitches, and it holds to the tonic intently, setting down on C twice and leaning on it by means of the slow cadential progression 2—1 D -C. The subject's aggressively dissonant interval of a diminished stimulates expressive minor-mode harmonies throughout, sonorities enriched to the point of luxuriance in the passages that employ all of the five voice parts. This chapter treats the principal subject alone, and then combines it with two faster subjects or countersubjects.
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Bach: WTC1 No. 4 in c sharp minor BWV 849 (Richter)

Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

The further we stray from our rational times to more romantic ones, the more beautiful the descriptions. So much mysticism sounds rather strange to us today. Bertrand Cuiller opts for a light, sensual approach, especially in the prelude. Drawn-out festoons and elegant arpeggios create a noble atmosphere, while tension is provided by the big leap in the theme and a series of not-quite-cadence lines in the middle section. The gently rolling siciliano dance rhythm conceals a restless harmonic game — some phrases recur with precision in the fugue — so the piece is not as carefree as it appears. It is remarkable that the complex fugue has the shortest theme in the whole collection.

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Prelude and Fugue: No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849

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