Bach: Prelude and Fugue No.2 in C minor, BWV AnalysisIt is the fourth prelude and fugue in the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier , a series of 48 preludes and fugues by the composer. The solemn and expressive, recitative character of the melody is reminiscent of Bach's passion music. A direct relationship between the prelude and its fugue, while not readily apparent, is hinted in the long-held durations of the bass in the first ten measures. The prelude's most memorable motif is an ascending octave leap, which is heard throughout the piece. At measures in length, and in five voices , this is one of Bach's longest and most densely-crafted fugues. While it contains three themes , it is not properly structured as a triple fugue because only the first idea receives exposition. The other two themes are more in the nature of countersubjects.
Bach Prelude and Fugue No.2 Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1 with Harmonic Pedal
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849
Tonic Chord May 5, Bars Period I. C minor, at Bar 4 it moves by degrees away from the original key to its relative Major, E flat Major, by Bar Ends in the Relative Major. Tonic Pedal at Bars
The young prince only twenty-three years old in was a viola da gamba player of great skill and had an eighteen-piece orchestra of excellent caliber. Only a few cantatas were composed to celebrate royal birthdays and special occasions. He was now expected to produce secular instrumental music, and he did so, as was his custom, with great energy and all his heart and soul. Bach and the prince became close friends, and he often accompanied the prince on his journeys. Upon returning from a trip to Karlsbad in , Bach was confounded by the news that his wife, Maria Barbara, had died and was already buried. Their marriage was celebrated on December 3, , with four barrels and thirtytwo carafes of wine — almost a hundred liters!