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On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal markings, practice and performance tips, or perhaps the right opposite - a clean Urtext score. Read more >>

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« on: June 21, 2005, 09:02:40 PM »

Hi all,

i'm 26 years old and i started learning piano by myself about seven month ago. I'm looking for a easy Bach fugue to start with (it will be my first fugue), any recomendation ?



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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2005, 09:14:15 PM »

Even easier, try a prelude... C major prelude from WTKbk1...I don't know of any easy fugues...hold on ill check.

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Two fugues that are 'easier' not easy though are number 2 and 5 from WTK bk 1, C minor and D major.  They are still sort of difficult, but there aren't any easy fugues, but what do you consider easy?  Also fugues don't look at hard as they are, it's the intricate finger work required, with ties and stuff like that.  They look pretty basic, but once you start it's tough.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2005, 09:47:24 PM »

Two fugues that are 'easier' not easy though are number 2 and 5 from WTK bk 1, C minor and D major.

The first one I learned was the c-minor from WTC book 1. Started that last Christmas. Since then I've done the C-major and g-minor as well - though not nearly "mastered."

Which is the hardest fugue? The first one you learn.

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The inventions have some nice counterpoint if you're looking to get a taste of that.

Another nice (and relatively easy) fugue is the fugue in C-major by Shostakovich. I find it soothing, in a Baroque kind of way.

Have fun!


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The New Concept: Scores for All Stages of Learning

On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal markings, practice and performance tips, or perhaps the right opposite - a clean Urtext score. Read more >>

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2005, 10:02:16 PM »

I would recomend G major from Book 2 and D minor from book 1
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2005, 10:51:17 PM »

The easiest fugue in the WTC is arguably no. 15 WTC II in G major.

However you do not need to start at the WTC. Bach wrote several  easy – relatively speaking -  fugues (around grade 5) for the instruction of his sons. Some of them are unbelievably beautiful. My favourite is Little prelude BWV 925 in D major, from the Little Notebook of W.F. Bach – in spite of its name, it is actually a fugue.  You will find others there. Take your pick.

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2005, 12:37:02 PM »

Like you probably know, there's a book called "little preludes and fugas". there are very many easy preludes and fugas in it. (duh... what's the name of the book Smiley)
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2005, 01:36:44 AM »

I would suggest E minor from book 1. It's a fantastic piece, and it has only 2 parts, so it might be a simpler to learn than the other fugues.

Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2005, 03:40:50 AM »

I'd go with the one you like the most, within reason.  For me that would be book 1 number 2.
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2005, 11:37:54 PM »

hmm.... definitely the fugue from the 3rd movement of liszt's sonata...

- probably WTC I #3
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2005, 06:22:57 AM »

Book I No. 17 in A Flat.

Beautiful fugue, not too difficult.
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2005, 01:14:33 AM »


Beautiful fugue

I never thought that I'd consider any fugue beatiful - until I started playing them. I only have 3 of the WTC under my (ever expanding) belt. However, sometimes when I play the C-Major from book one, I'm amazed at how graceful, clear and gentle it can be.

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The New Concept: Scores for All Stages of Learning

On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal markings, practice and performance tips, or perhaps the right opposite - a clean Urtext score. Read more >>

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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2005, 09:26:40 PM »

All WTC fugues are insanely hard.  Cry
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