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Prelude and Fugue in D minor (Bach)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Roland Moehlmann)

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This work bears the designation BWV 554.

General Info

Year: 1722 / 1988
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00; (digital) - $7.00


1. Prelude – 3:50
2. Fugue – 1:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet 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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone


In Parts:

  • Piccolo, m. 45 (rehearsal 5): Add an accent on the F
  • Piccolo, m. 111 (2 bars after rehearsal 14): There should be a slur starting from the C# quarter note on beat 1 and ending on the E eighth note on the and of 2
  • Bassoon I, m. 4-5 (9 bars before rehearsal 1): The A3 on beat 4 of m. 4 should be tied to the A3 in the preceding measure
  • Bassoon I & II, m. 20-21 (5 bars before rehearsal 2): The slur connecting all of the eighth notes in m. 20 should end on the Bb in m. 21
  • Bassoon I, m. 83 (rehearsal 9): The "p" marking that is there on m. 82 should be removed and added to the Bassoon I part on the downbeat of m. 83 ("p" does not apply to Bassoon 2)
  • Bassoon I & II, m. 106 (1 bar after rehearsal 13): Add an "f" dynamic marking on beat 4
  • Bassoon I & II, m. 107-108 (2 bars after rehearsal 13): Add a hairpin crescendo starting on the downbeat of m. 107 and ending before beat 3 of m. 108
  • Timpani, m. 45 (rehearsal 5): Add an accent on the D

In Score:

  • Piccolo, m. 45 (rehearsal 5): There should only be a F printed; remove the D
  • Piccolo, m. 61 (6 bars before rehearsal 6): The E5 on beat 1 should be a D5
  • English Horn, m. 8-9 (5 bars before rehearsal 1): Tie the E4 on beat 4 of m. 8 to the E4 on beat 1 of m. 9
  • Bassoon I, m. 8 (5 bars before rehearsal 1): The Bb3 on beat 3 should be an A3
  • Alto Clarinet, m. 117 (8 bars after rehearsal 14): The E4 should be a F#4
  • Bass Clarinet, m. 112 (3 bars after rehearsal 14): The note on beat 3 should be a B3
  • Tenor Saxophone, m. 8 (5 bars before rehearsal 1): The C5 on beat 3 should be a B4
  • Tenor Saxophone, m. 80 (3 bars before rehearsal 9): The D5 on beat 3 should be a C#5
  • Baritone Saxophone, m. 23 (2 bars before rehearsal 2): The B4 on beat 3 should be an A4

In Score and Parts:

  • Bassoon I, m. 60 (7 bars before rehearsal 6): There should be a slur connecting the A3 dotted half note to the G3 quarter note

Program Notes

Although he arranged and transcribed several works for concert band, Roland Moehlmann (1907 1972) is perhaps best known for the series of Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) prelude and fugues he transcribed starting in the 1930s. The Prelude and Fugue in D minor is taken from the organ collection Eight Little Preludes and Fugues. The dark and sonorous prelude is almost chorale-like, with the polyphony provided by eighth-note scales and arpeggios interspersed throughout. The four-voice fugue passes the subject through every section of the band, traveling through several minor and major keys. The fugue concludes with borrowed material from the prelude.

- Program Note from McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 22 December 2006


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Tennessee: III


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  • Bach, J.; Moehlmann, R. (1988) Prelude and Fugue in D Minor [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.