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Art of the Fugue BWV 1080

Piano Solo

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Piano solo - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Piano Solo. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Davitt Moroney. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Pages: XI and 124. Classical. Softcover. 136 pages. G. Henle #HN423. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480423).

Item Number: HL.51480423

ISBN 9790201804231. 9.25x12.25 inches.

Bach's death meant that the Art of Fugue was left unfinished. In his father's manuscript, Carl Philipp Emanuel noted exactly where the last fugue of the Art of Fugue broke off: “While working on this fugue, in which the name Bach appears in the countersubject, the author died.” Our editor Davitt Moroney brings the fugue to a close with 30 supplementary measures. There has been frequent speculation about what type of scoring would be most appropriate for the piece, particularly since Bach wrote the individual parts in score form and left no information about instrumentation. Certainly, strict fugues can be found in any ensemble scoring: this had been normal for centuries. It is remarkable, though, how the cycle can easily be played on the harpsichord or piano – a strong argument for keyboard performance.

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About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

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  • Contrapunctus XIII in the version for two Harpsichords (appendix), BWV 1080 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • January 14, 2016 great scroll, great service

    Excellent editorial work by Davitt Moroney. SheetMusicPlus provided excellent service. Highly recommended.

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  • April 07, 2012 Art of the Fugue

    Excellent edition, easy to read, good work by a top scholar-performer.

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