Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "The Great"

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (orch. Boyd)

General Info

Year: c. 1720 / 1985
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: LudwigMasters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


1. Fantasia – 6:35
2. Fugue – 5:05


  • Full Score
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II
  • Bassoon I-II
  • Contrabassoon
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Timpani


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the many great masterpieces by J.S. Bach, these transcribed organ works (known as "The Great" Fugue) are wonderful pieces to hear and play. Carefully edited for the colors available in wind bands, the works (most likely independently composed) offer lush chorales, hints of chromaticism, and, of course, the exciting dovetailing of many voices as the classic fugue unwinds until, finally, it concludes in a welcome cadence.

- Program Note from publisher

The Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, is an organ prelude and fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach. It acquired that name to distinguish it from the earlier Little Fugue in G minor, which is shorter. This piece is not to be confused with the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, which is also for organ and also sometimes called "the Great".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan Senior High AA
  • Virginia: VI


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