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Bach's Fugue à la Gigue

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. Gustav Holst) (ed. Jon Ceander Mitchell)

This work bears the designation BWV 577.

General Info

Year: 1707 / 1928 / 2005
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $12.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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 Cornet I-II (I div. a2)
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When Holst was commissioned to write Hammersmith for the BBC Wireless Military Band in 1928 he felt rather out of practice in orchestrating for the medium. For some years he had had the idea of arranging some Bach fugues for brass and military band, so he set himself the task of scoring the Organ Fugue in G Major BWV 577 (from Preludes, Fugues and Fantasias). He, rather than Bach, called it Fugue à La Gigue.

The piece made an ideal exercise, and Holst’s brilliant dovetailing of the counterpoint between different instruments shows his mastery. The piece is technically demanding and the characteristic unison clarinet writing suggests the orchestral conception of a large wind ensemble rather than a band. It was this conception which the composer carried forward into Hammersmith.

Fugue à La Gigue was published for military band in 1928 by Boosey & Hawkes and shortly afterwards for orchestra, but with only short scores, as was customary at the time.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • North Carolina: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


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  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Carmel (Ind.) High School Wind Symphony (Michael Pote, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (David M. Jacobs, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Concert Band (Patricia Cornet, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Brent Levine, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Shaun Evans, conductor) – 29 May 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Paul Bryan, conductor) – 20 October 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 18 May 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) - – 21 February 2018
  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (David Vickerman, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Wind Ensemble (John R. Locke, conductor) – 16 February 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Bach, J.; Holst, G.; Mitchell, J. (2005). Bach's Fugue à la Gigue [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Hermann, Joseph W. "Fugue á la Gigue." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 527-535. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Rudgers, Gregory B. Fugue a la Gigue. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 68.