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Toccata and Fugue in D minor

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (tr. Hindsley)


This work bears the designation BWV 565.


General Info

Year: 17--? / 197-?
Original medium: Solo Organ
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts - $73.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Celeste
Timpani
Percussion (one part for all players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is one of the greatest of the masterpieces which Bach wrote for the organ. A brilliant slow/fast introduction is followed by the fugue, the subject of which is a short figure in sixteenth notes. From the free and showy style of the toccata and the huge climax at the end, it is evident that the work was conceived as a virtuoso concert pieces rather than a work for a church service.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


It is his concert band compositions and arrangements that Swedish-born composer Erik Leidzén is known for, and this arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor is one of his most well-known works. Bach was celebrated in his day for his virtuosic organ playing, and this is reflected in his organ writing. Leidzén remains true to the virtuosic demands of Bach’s most famous organ work, and performing this arrangement presents an enormous challenge to the wind ensemble as they attempt to recreate the evenness of the organ sound, and overcome the technical difficulties of their various instruments in order to mimic the fluidity with which organists would play the virtuosic passages.

- Program Note by Suzanne Sherrington and Brendan Champion for the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

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Resources

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 25.