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Prelude 1 & Fugue 22 from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 by J.S.Bach for Saxophone Quartet (2 Altos & 2 Tenors)

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By Johann Sebastian Bach

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2 Alto Saxes & 2 Tenor Saxes - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Stephen Davies. Baroque Period, Repertoire, Recital. Performance/Accompaniment. Published by Stephen Davies (S0.779433).

Item Number: S0.779433

In Bach's own words "..... for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study.....", we are literally invited by the great man himself, to enjoy playing his music in virtually any combination we like!

This unusual combination of the Saxophone Quartet, ie 2 Altos & 2 Tenors is a fitting vehicle for these two pieces from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2. The original keys of C Major & Bb Minor have been altered to best suit the range of the 2 Saxes. Also, an opportunity for the Baritone player to get the drinks in !!

The Prelude 1

Completely different from the Prelude that opens Book 1, which is mainly broken chords, this opening Prelude to Book 2 features a continuously flowing sequence of melodic ideas. According to Levinson," few pieces of traditional music are more purely processive as this. It develops without a break or pause, without arrivals of significance, from beginning to end" Good to play as well!!

The Fugue 22

The four voices are distributed throughout the parts, and at 101 bars, it is certainly one of Bach's longest, and definitely one of the most enjoyable to play, especially in a generous acoustic.

Also available here in Clarinet Quartet and Wind Quartet flavours!!






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