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Prelude and Fugue in C minor (BWV 549)

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Uploaded by: CharlesB (04/02/24)
Composer: Bach, J. S.
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Noordbroek, Schnitger-Hinsz-Freytag
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Baroque
This Prelude and Fugue in C minor likely originates from the earlier part of Bach's years in Arnstadt (1703-1707), where he served as the organist at the Neue Kirche. The work originally existed in D minor (BWV 549a), but was later adapted to C minor, the version heard here.

The Prelude boldly announces Bach's theme with a fanfare pedal solo. Sustained pedal notes then serve as the foundation for the development of the pedal motif in the manuals.

After a long passage of beautiful contrapuntal development, the fugue grows in drama and resolve once the pedals enter. The triumphant final C major chord brings to rest a fiery, youthful work that is complemented well by this beautifully preserved early-baroque instrument.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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