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Contrapunctus XIV

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Kalevi Aho)

Subtitle: From Die Kunst der Fuge

General Info

Year: c. 1741 / 2018
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fennica Gehrman, through FinnBand Sheet Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €49.90

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Voice 1

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments

Voice 2

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments

Voice 3

  • C Instruments (bass clef)
  • B-flat Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments (8va)
  • E-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments (8va)

Voice 4

  • C Instruments (bass clef)
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kalevi Aho's completion of J. S. Bach's masterful Contrapunctus XIV from The Art of Fugue blends organically into the original 233-bar composition by Bach. Kalevi Aho's completion is a celebration of the fugue, as it would be had Bach completed it himself.

- Program Note from publisher

The Art of Fugue (or The Art of the Fugue; German: Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080, is an incomplete musical 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.

Fuga a 3 Soggetti (Contrapunctus XIV) is a four-voice triple fugue (not completed by Bach, but likely to have become a quadruple fugue), the third subject of which begins with the BACH motif, B♭–A–C–B♮ ('H' in German letter notation).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Performance Notes

The present edition is for open instrumentation. Parts for C-instruments, B-flat-instrument and E-flat-instruments are supplied. This is a suitable work for wind ensemble of four or more players.


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