Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 877 (BC L111) (WTC II/8)

    Description by James Reel

    This pair of E flat minor pieces is technically in the enharmonic D sharp minor, its six sharps presumably sounding a little more sharp than if they fell under the label E flat minor. At any rate, the prelude is a substantial two-voice Allemande, a more sophisticated counterpart to Bach's earlier two-part inventions. The processional fugue is fairly hefty by Well-Tempered Clavier standards, though not as complex as some of Bach's independent organ fugues. It's a four-voice motet-style piece, with the voices entering in the order alto, tenor, bass, and soprano. A countersubject arrives along with the tenor entry and initially seems to assume some importance, although Bach allows it to drift away as the fugue progresses.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Präludium
    2. Fuge

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2015
    Indesens
    INDE 076
    2015
    Sony Classical
    88875032222
    2013
    Mirare
    MIR 235
    2010
    Brilliant Classics
    94050
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Decca
    2009
    Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2009
    Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008
    Sony Music Distribution
    714805
    1999
    Teldec
    25705
    1999
    Teldec
    25704
    1997
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    SBK-62973
    1990
    Hyperion
    CDA66351/4
    Deutsche Grammophon
    423110
    Analekta
    4038
    Pilz
    160139
    Pilz
    160139
    Arlecchino
    17
    Analekta
    23015
    History
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