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Bach: Prelude & Fugue BWV 849 No. 4 in C-sharp Minor

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Johann Sebastian Bach - WTC 1 :
Prelude & Fugue, BWV 849 No. 4
Prelude & Fugue BWV 849 No. 4  in C-sharp Minor by Bach piano sheet music
Key: C-sharp Minor Year: 1722
Level: 8 Period: Baroque
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xx Is this a subject entry or not? - Bach Fugue in c#m BWV 849
July 14, 2009, 05:08:17 PM by lelle

I recently read an analysis of this piece and it made me confused as how to perform measures 85-87 in fuge in c#minor BWV 849

According to the analysis, there is a subject entry here (that I marked with red in the first picture) but it doesn't make 100% sense, considering two voices switch place during the process.

However, according to Sviatoslav Richters famous Wohltemperirte Klavier recording there is no subject entry here (see picture 2 for differences in how he plays the voices to how the analysis thinks it is), he only brings out the secondary theme, and finishes it on an A instead of on an F# that he would've had to if he considered the notes I marked with red in the first picture a subject entry.

Either the blue and red voice cross each other and switch place in measure 86 (pic 1) or they play on without switching place, and in that case there is no subject entry (pic 2). The main subject is colored red and the secondary subject that enters later in the piece is colored blue.

How should I perform this? Alternative 1 or Alternative 2?

EDIT: Updated the pictures for (hopefully) some extra clarity in the different ways the voices would move in the two examples.

xx Bach 5 voices Prelude and Fugue in C#minor WTC I
May 09, 2011, 03:12:30 PM by steinwayargentina

And old recording I found of Bach Prelude and Fugue in C# minor from the vol. I of Well Tempered Clavier. The video quality isnt the best one but the audio its ok I think....



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