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Contrapunctus III

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. King)

Subtitle: From 'Art of Fugue'

General Info

Year: c. 1745 / 1955
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $18.10


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Tuba (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Art of Fugue (or The Art of the Fugue; German: Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080, is an incomplete work of unspecified instrumentation by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). Written in the last decade of his life, The Art of Fugue is the culmination of Bach's experimentation with monothematic instrumental works.

This work consists of 14 fugues and 4 canons in D minor, each using some variation of a single principal subject, and generally ordered to increase in complexity. "The governing idea of the work", as put by Bach specialist Christoph Wolff, "was an exploration in depth of the contrapuntal possibilities inherent in a single musical subject." The word "contrapunctus" is often used for each fugue.

Contrapunctus III is a four-voice fugue on principal subject in inversion, employing intense chromaticism.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Indiana: 080 Brass Quintets
  • Texas: Brass Sextet Class I


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  • Florida International University (Miami) Brass Choir (James Hacker, conductor) – 3 November 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • The Art of Fugue, Wikipedia Accessed 4 November 2016
  • Bach, J.; King, R, (1955). Contrapunctus III: From The Art of Fugue [score]. Robert King Music: North Easton, Mass.