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Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Daniel E. Godfrey)

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General Info

Year: 1919
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chappell & Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


1. Prelude
2. Chorale
3. Fugue


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An eminent musicologist once referred to this, the fourth fugue in Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavichord, as the "holy of holies – among the eloquent things in music." It is grouped here with the famous Bach-Abert Chorale and Fugue in G Minor. The fugue is known as the "Great" G Minor to distinguish it from the small fugue in the same key. The Chorale is original with Johann Joseph Abert (1832-1915), who also worked it into the Bach fugue, where, presented by the brass instruments, it stands out boldly from the surround polyphonic structure.

- Program Note by Mark Hindsley from Program Notes for Band and Band Music Notes


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 26 March 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bach, J; Godfrey, D. (1919). Prelude [BWV 849], Chorale, and Fugue [BWV 542]. [score]. Chappell & Co.: London.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Johan Sebastian Bach." Accessed 24 August 2022.
  • Smith, Norman and Albert Stoutamire (1979). Band Music Notes. Rev. ed. San Diego: Kjos West. p. 12
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 25.