Bach: Little Fugue G min (BWV 578)

by Maestro Mistheria

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  • Hello GMCers!

    Here is the first song from the “Lessons Wish Listseries. If you have a Piano/Keyboard wish lesson as well, jump right now to the Forum and add it to the list:

    Well, I’m starting with the first wish in the list, the well known “Little Fugue in G minor” (BWV 578) by Johann Sebastian Bach. I felt to write a “Metal” arrangement for this song, it is not the first time Bach opera inspires me “Metal”! ;) My composing rule is always to never lose the natural feeling! So, let’s do it!

    My arrangement includes 4 bars intro and 4 bars ending ... why? I don’t know exactly, I kept the idea that I had starting my work on this masterpiece ... and I liked it. ;)

    Some historical notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    “Little Fugue in G minor” (BWV 578) is a piece of organ music written by Johann Sebastian Bach sometime around his years at Arnstadt (1703-1707). A common misconception is that the Little fugue in G minor is Little in importance, but actually Bach titled the piece Little to avoid confusion between this piece, and the later Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, which is longer in duration.

    What is a “Fugue”? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    In music, a fugue is a type of contrapuntal composition or technique of composition for a fixed number of parts, normally referred to as "voices".
    Since the 17th century, the term fugue has described what is commonly regarded as the most fully developed procedure of imitative counterpoint.
    A fugue opens with one main theme, the subject,[5] which then sounds successively in each voice in imitation; when each voice has entered, the exposition is complete; this is rarely followed by a connecting passage, or episode, developed from previously heard material; further "entries" of the subject then are heard in related keys. Episodes (if applicable) and entries are usually alternated until the "final entry" of the subject, by which point the music has returned to the opening key, or tonic, which is often followed by closing material, the coda.
    Johann Sebastian Bach reached the pinnacle of Baroque fugue having shaped his own works after those of Froberger, Pachelbel, Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, and others

    Who is J.S. Bach? Well, I think the question is really unnecessary because for sure you know him since “He is regarded as the supreme composer of the Baroque, and as one of the greatest of all time!”

    Anyway just to refresh our mind … From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) (often referred to simply as Bach) was a German composer, organist, violist, and violinist whose ecclesiastical and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivaled control of harmonic and motivic organization, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.
    Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, the Magnificat, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.
    Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognized as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now regarded as the supreme composer of the Baroque, and as one of the greatest of all time.

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