Little Fugue

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Ronald Romm; adapt. Calvin Custer)

Subtitle: Based on Little Fugue in G minor

General Info

Year: c. 1705 / 1974 / 1991
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drums
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, "Little" (popularly known as the Little Fugue), is a piece of organ music written by Johann Sebastian Bach during his years at Arnstadt (1703–1707). It is one of Bach's best known fugues and has been arranged for other voices, including an orchestral version by Leopold Stokowski. Early editors of Bach's work attached this title to distinguish it from the later Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, which is longer in duration.

The fugue's four-and-a-half measure subject is one of Bach's most recognizable tunes. The fugue is in four voices. During the episodes, Bach uses one of Arcangelo Corelli's most famous techniques: imitation between two voices on an eighth note upbeat figure that first leaps up a fourth and then falls back down one step at a time.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Minnesota: I
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: IV


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  • Bach, J.; Romm, R.; Custer, C. [199-?]. Little Fugue: Based on Little Fugue in G minor [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, Wikipedia Accessed 13 December 2015