Essay The Fugue from Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B Minor

The fugue from Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B minor is a work that was composed in Bach’s later years. Bach composed this work during his tenure at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. This work as a whole is a great example of Bach’s mature essays, which appeared in his later Weimar years. The fugue is very different from the prelude. None of the material from the prelude is introduces in the fugue. The subject is only two measures in length; the plain subject is boring by it self. But Bach turns that two measure subject into an eighty-eight-measure fugue. I will explore two different ideas that make up the majority of the fugue, melody and developmental form. I will also talk about how I would interpret this work when preforming it.Melody- The Subject and Counter SubjectThe pitches in the melody of the b minor fugue are and outline of a b minor triad. This triadic outline is filled with chromatic pitches and consonant pitches. The notes of the triad are repeated twice with its neighbor tone in-between the notes of the triad, for example, B A-sharp, B C-sharp, D C-sharp, D, C-sharp. The answer to the subject is a real answer. The answer is the same intervals as the subject making it a tonal answer. The real answer, in the dominate key F-sharp minor, also provides a minor triad. The tonal center is established by the outline of the b minor triad in the subject of the fugue. The one chromatic note in the subject is the leading tone to B, A-sharp and same in the answer, E-sharp. In the answer a G-sharp appears but that is in the key of f-sharp minor. This subject goes from a 7th to a 6th, almost an octave. This subject has a defined arch structure. It goes up and then comes back down. The highest note of this subject is a G, a…

…roque era it is not likely to slow down until the penultimate measure. The baroque “machine” keeps the piece moving and no place to slow down. I do not believe it would sound good if you slow anywhere but the penultimate measure and to make a big deal out of it too. I think with the nature of this piece you want tonic, but you don’t get it until the last measure and if you stretch out that penultimate measure and make them wait a little longer for the great B major chord it will make the crowd pleased.Bach wrote on all his music Soli De Gloria, which translates Glory to God. Bach knew what his music was for and why he wrote music. Bach understood his gifts and truly understood what it meant to glorify God in all aspect. I hope that I can interpret his music the way that he meant it to be. God will be glorified in all the things that I do and in the music I play.

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