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Revisiting Bach’s Fugue form (BWV 847 in C minor)

In reviewing my J.S. Bach You Tube archives, I noticed a series of videos I had uploaded on Bach’s Fugue that follows the Prelude in C minor, BWV 847. Some of these instructions were in tutorial form. Others, were lessons-in-progress with an 11-year old student.

Since I fielded a few questions having to do with the follow-up to my first video that covered the Exposition, I decided to post ALL footage that related to this particular Fugue. In this way, I could easily link to the blog at my You Tube site without having strands running wild.

The manuscript below incorporates the theoretical mapping of Jose Rodriguez Alvira (Click the URL for the complete score with analysis)

Part One: This covers all elements of the Fugue form, and the EXPOSITION inclusive.

Part Two: Continues with episodes, etc. fleshing out appearance of three voices

Part Three:
Continues where part two leaves off

LESSONS in Progress: Fugue in C minor

6 thoughts on “Revisiting Bach’s Fugue form (BWV 847 in C minor)”

  1. Was searching for resources to help me start learning this Fugue and these videos are extremely helpful! Thanks so much for making them!


  2. Hi, Shirley,
    I am looking at this piece after a long hiatus from classical (and baroque) repertoire. I like how the version displayed above has the phrasing and staccato markings. Which editor is it?


      1. I will have to further research this as I believe a number of years ago I secured a single copy of the Prelude and Fugue on Sheet music plus. This was before I purchased G. Henle, Urtext of WTC Bk 1 and 2. In fact, I now recall it was the Palmer edition, and again a single of the Prelude and Fugue. It had the recommended phrasing, which frankly was musical and in keeping with a Baroque style of phrasing. I now learn Bach from my Urtext editions and put in my own phrasing and fingering.


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