Toccata and Fugue in D minor (tr Goto)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (tr. Yo Goto)

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This work bears the designation BWV 656.

General Info

Year: 1706 / 2014
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Toccata (from Italian tocare, “to touch”) is a virtuoso musical form popularized between the 16th and 18th centuries, typically for keyboard or plucked string instruments, emphasizing the dexterity of the performer. In August 1703, then 18-year-old J.S. Bach became organist in Arnstadt, Germany, serving through June of 1707. BWV 565 was written during this time, 1706-1707. For a virtuoso organist, the toccata was a very suitable form of music to freely show off and express young Bach’s skills. The brilliant, passion-filled toccata is followed by the string-like musical form of fugue. The motif is restated at the end of the piece.

This work is newly arranged by Yo Goto for wind band in 2014, commissioned by Ohmiya High School Wind Orchestra in Saitama, Japan and Akita-Minami Senior High School Wind Ensemble in Akita, Japan.

- Program Note by Showa Wind Symphony concert program, 18 July 2015



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