Bach – The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 [just audio complete on Organ]

The Art of Fugue or The Art of the Fugue (original German: Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080, is an incomplete masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). The work was most likely started at the beginning of the 1740s, if not earlier. The first known surviving version, which contained 12 fugues and 2 canons, was copied by the composer in 1745. This manuscript has a slightly different title, added afterwards by his son-in-law Johann Christoph Altnickol: Die Kunst der Fuga. Bach’s second version was published in 1751 after his death. It contains 14 fugues and 4 canons. “The governing idea of the work”, as the eminent Bach specialist Christoph Wolff put it, is “an exploration in depth of the contrapuntal possibilities inherent in a single musical subject.”

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