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Fugue No. 16

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Steve Danyew)

Subtitle: From The Well Tempered Clavier
The work bears the designation BWV 861.

This fugue is part of the collection Three Fugues by J.S. Bach, arranged by Steve Danyew.

General Info

Year: 1722 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clavier
Publisher: Steve Danyew
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $29.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Soprano (upper notes)

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin

Soprano (lower notes)

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • Violin


  • English Horn
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin
  • Viola


  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Viola
  • Cello


  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • Cello
  • Contrabass

Timpani (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 861, is No. 16 in Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, keyboard music consisting of 24 preludes and fugues in every major and minor key.

Bach's G minor fugue is "insistent and pathetic". The subject also appears in his funeral cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God's time is the very best time). The subject of the fugue employs a minor 6th leap in the very first measure, then resolves it with a more conventional stepwise motion. Overall, the piece has a foreboding and admonishing tone.

Program Note from Wikipedia

Performance Notes

  • Dynamics are not provided, as I thought it would be valuable to have students makes those decisions together.
  • Experiment with articulation and ornamentation.
  • Try playing the piece without a conductor at some point
  • If you have more than one percussionist, have them play one of the SATB parts on mallets.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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