|Johann Sebastian Bach. The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge). (BWV 1080).|
|Elibron Classics, 2001, 134 pages|
|Comprised of fourteen fugues and four canons, The Art of the Fugue was Bach's final farewell to the genre at which he had become an undisputed master. It was to be the composer's last work, and it stands as a monument to his immense skill at contrapuntal writing. Astonishingly, The Art of the Fugue sold thirty copies upon its first publication in 1751; it remained largely forgotten until an orchestral transcription by twentieth-century composer Wolfgang Gräser brought the collection to the attention of the general public. Though written in open score, the music is believed to have been designed for keyboard. It can, however, be played by virtually any small ensemble.|
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|Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), list of works|
|Though he was known in his own lifetime almost exclusively for his skills as an organist, Johann Sebastian Bach exerted inestimable influence on later composers. Credited with perfecting the Western tonal system that is still in use today, Bach was also an astonishingly prolific composer; during much of his tenure as Kapellmeister in Leipzig, he created a new five-movement cantata every other week in addition to writing masses, motets, and intricate keyboard exercises for his students.|
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