Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 887 (BC L121) (WTC II/18)

    Description by James Reel

    Veering from the expected A flat minor, this pair of pieces employs the closely related, enharmonic key of G sharp minor. The prelude, with its simple bass line supporting melodic filigree, uncharacteristically features contrasting dynamic markings and looks ahead to the galant style favored by the generation of Bach's sons. The three-voice fugue is something of a gigue, the wavering subject's voices entering in descending order. Eventually, a new subject of chromatically descending notes works its way into all three voices, and ultimately joins forces with the original subject.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2011 Documents 233079
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Decca
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 714814
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1997 Point Classics 265020
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Analekta 4040
    Pilz 160142
    History 204582
    Arlecchino 17
    Analekta 23017
    Oehms Classics 738