Bach Fugue Bwv 847 Analysis Essay

Technical note: The fugues of Book 1 (left column) have been migrated to Flash, and Book 2 is now in process.

Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Forty-Four Fugues and Select Preludes
by Tim Smith and David Korevaar

On behalf of David Korevaar and myself (Tim Smith), welcome to this study of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. This project was begun over my sabbatical year of 2002-'03 and is ongoing. Dr. Korevaar's sensitive and dazzling interpretations have been its inspiration. Upon hearing his fugues, you'll want to enjoy his many more excellent recordings spanning a wide range of genres and composers. In addition to browsing the links to the left, you will enjoy reading Dr. Korevaar's comments on the performance of the WTC in Character and Counterpoint and my thoughts on teaching with Metaphor, Mystery, and the Music of Bach. Educators planning to use this material may wish to consult the Index of Contrapuntal Operations and Learning Objects. Many of the fugues are paired with quizzes where students may email feedback to instructors.

Selected resources for study of the Well-Tempered Clavier and J. S. Bach

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

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