Bwv 531

BWV 531 J.S. Bach Prelude And Fugue In C Major Organ Recording

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BWV 531 : Recording

BWV 531 : A Summary

Apprentice to Master: Disk 1 – Track 1 : J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 531, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), one of the most renowned composers of the Baroque period. Here is a summary of what is known about this composition:

This is one of the earliest of J.S. Bach’s Preludes and Fugues for organ, composed by the young, 22-year-old Bach towards the end of his tenure as church organist at the New Church (Neue Kirche) at Arnstadt, a position he had held since the age of 18.

The Prelude opens with nine bars performed entirely using the pedals of the organ, before blossoming into arpeggiaic figures on the manuals, soon re-joined by the bass in imitation. The Fugue is based on a two-bar subject which is imitated and re-worked in the interweaving voices. Many dissonant sustained ‘suspension’ notes can be heard as the harmony shifts and alters through various keys before arriving back at C major.


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