Toccata and Fugue in D minor (tr. Smalls)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. Jalen Smalls)


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This work bears the designation BWV 565.


General Info

Year: 1705 / 2023
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Solo organ
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

Composed during the Baroque period, Toccata and Fugue in D minor is a prime example of Bach's mastery of the contrapunctal and improvisational styles prevalent in his time. The Baroque era was characterized by its ornate and intricate compositions, and Bach was a virtuoso performer and composer who epitomized the era's artistic spirit. The arranger artfully uses the instruments of the band to replicate the tone and timbre of the various organ stops used in the original.

The work is divided into two distinct sections: the Toccata and the Fugue. The Toccata serves as an attention-grabbing introduction. The piece begins with a flourish of rapid, virtuosic arpeggios and intricate passages that showcase the performer's technical prowess. The contrasting dynamics and tempos add to the dramatic effect of this section, and its bold ostinato pedal line creates a sense of urgency and excitement.

Following the Toccata, the Fugue presenting a striking contract in mood. Fugues are characterized by their complex interplay of voices, and this one is no exception. The main theme, or subject, is presented in a solemn and stately manner, and a sense of artistry is displayed as multiple voices weave together in a harmonious and intricate manner. The Fugue gradually builds in intensity as the subject is explored and expanded upon, culminating in a powerful and majestic conclusion

- Program Note from Florida State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 7 November 2023


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Performances

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  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 7 November 2023


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Resources

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 25.