​Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

March 8, 2015
  1. Five Things You May Not Know About Bach's Famous Fugue (BWV 565)
1.   It is the most famous fugue of any composer.
2.   According to Peter Williams, it was very likely originally composed for unaccompanied  violin or cello.
3.   The primitive harmonies of thirds and sixths in the  countersubjects of the fugue point to another composer possibly filling in the harmonies and as a result the work may not be composed by Bach.
4.   Although it is a 4-part fugue, it is often in 3 or 2 voices. One time the subject is completely stated in the pedals alone.
5.   The fugue answers are in the subdominant key instead of the dominant key.

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