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Pièce d'Orgue (Fantasia in G), BWV 572

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (02/06/14)
Composer: Bach, J. S.
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Pièce d'Orgue in G, BWV 572, also known as Fantasia in three parts, is written in a French style. It originated rather early in Bach's career (before 1712). The first part is entitled as Tres vitement (very fast), the second - Gravement (heavy) and the final part - Lentement (slow). Because of fast runs and passages, the opening and closing parts remind of a toccata, and the central solemn episode is written in a 5 part polyphonic texture.

The Italians would call the opening section the Passagio which was also a common feature in the North German Praeludia. However, it is questionable whether the Italian term is approprate in the French style composition. Basically it is a virtuosic episode written in a monophonic texture where we can find both the elements of arpeggio and scale-based passages. At any rate, even at this early stage of Bach's career, the composer shows a unique angle of blending multi-cultural elements in one work.

Pièce d'Orgue ends with a virtuosic but a little slower and heavier texture which have 5 voices encoded: 4 voices could be percieved in both hands and pompastic and magnificent Dominant pedal point in the pedal line.

I can't recall where these notes came from... ;-)

A few words about the performance: This is Bach alla English cathedral - full swell, swell box, etc.

It's also a bit sloppy. I just had Salisbury loaded, and this was laying there, so, I played it. Not the best, but hopefully fun to hear!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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