Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 9 in E major, BWV 878 (BC L112) (WTC II/9)

    Description by James Reel

    Bach makes the key of E major perfectly clear through the sustained notes that announce the prelude's beginning. This is one of the longer preludes in the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, a rolling allemande with irregular melodic phrases that flow one into the next. The allemande was a stylized dance that was all the rage in Bach's time, but for the E major fugue the composer looks back to earlier forms. It's more of a ricercar, a sort of proto-fugue that arose in the Renaissance. Here, the very grave piece finds its four voices entering in ascending order. Although the tempo is slow and the subject features long-held notes, Bach often thickens the musical texture through liberal use of stretto, just as the old ricercar composers would have done.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Präludium
    2. Fuge

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    ABC Classics
    2015
    Sony Classical
    88875032222
    2013
    Mirare
    MIR 235
    2011
    IDIS
    IDIS 6614
    2010
    Anyssa Neumann
    2010
    Brilliant Classics
    94050
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Naxos
    857808789
    2010
    Decca
    2009
    Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2009
    Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Distribution
    4776248
    2009
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2009
    Deutsche Grammophon
    001250402
    2009
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2008
    Sony Music Distribution
    714812
    2008
    Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Distribution
    1426
    2007
    CBC Records
    PSCD2030
    2006
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    82876883522
    2003
    Amadeo
    4728322
    2000
    Equilibrium
    19
    1999
    Teldec
    25705
    1999
    Teldec
    25704
    1999
    Philips
    456766
    1999
    Philips
    462232
    1995
    CBC Records
    PSCD2007
    1993
    Sony Music Distribution
    52590
    1990
    Hyperion
    CDA66351/4
    Deutsche Grammophon
    423110
    Analekta
    4038
    Pilz
    160139
    Pilz
    160139
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    88697292082
    Arlecchino
    17
    Analekta
    23015
    History
    204581
    The Gift of Music
    1188
    Philips Classics
    426352
    Arkay Records
    6120