Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 10 in E minor, BWV 879 (BC L113) (WTC II/10)

    Description by James Reel

    Completely lacking any of the modern, "sad" connotations of the minor, this prelude moves with quick determination, a corrente in two voices that sometimes imitate each other, but more often with the bass line providing a busy accompaniment to the even more involved treble part. The fugue employs a different dance form: with its initial skipping figure, the subject is a gigue that eventually plays with contrasting rhythms. The three voices enter in descending order and build to a grand, impressive conclusion that slightly falls away in the last couple of bars.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Decca
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 714812
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Analekta 4039
    Pilz 160139
    Pilz 160139
    Arlecchino 17
    The Gift of Music 1009