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Critically-acclaimed American pianist Robert Henry presents his highly anticipated debut recording “Twelwe Nocturnes and a Waltz“. Released in 2010, this recording is a compilation of some of the world’s best loved melodies, featuring Nocturnes of Chopin, Fauré, Grieg, Liszt and many others, including the world premiere of Alexei Stanchinsky’s forgotten Nocturne from 1907. Read more >>

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Author Topic: Bach - Prelude no.18... Isn't this a fugue ?  (Read 3237 times)
kghayesh
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« on: September 28, 2006, 12:07:40 PM »

Check Prelude no.18 in G# minor from book 1. Isn't this a fugue. Watch the theme repeated so many times all over the piece. It is full of counterpoint also.

I just want to know how this is not a fugue ?
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2006, 03:46:32 PM »

Because the definiton of a fugue is that it has a distinct, fugal exposition, in which all of the voices play the subject and its answer one after another (the subject has to be stated by itself the first time it is played).

Prelude No.7 in Eb from Book I is a fugue- in fact, it is a double fugue since it has two subjects. But Prelude No.18 is not. The theme could be all that is played through an entire work. That makes it concentrated, not fugal.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 12:11:53 PM »

Thanks. Now I understood why it is not a fugue !!
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