Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bach, "Little" Fugue (G minor, BWV 578)

So there's something that I am obsessed with at the moment.

This graphical representation is a great example of the construction of music, in this case a fugue (FWI, fugues are cosidered to be the most complex music form. This one is a very simple one. In a fugue there is one melodic figure that is repeated in different parts at various times. Fugues therefore have to be highly structured and the composer needs to be careful about not only the melodic pattern but also all of the underlying harmonies that will sound together. Fugues are very diffifult to write well, but when they are they sound fantastic.)

There are far too many examples on YouTube to share, but they are all amazing. Listen, watch, learn and be educated!!!!

xxx Lilly


  1. o.o I am jealous of your musical knowledge.

    And I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award thingy-ma-jiggy.

  2. I also nominate you for the versatile blogger award. Such interesting posts. :)

  3. Actually, I nominate you as well. Looks like everyone beat me to the punch. :)

  4. Wow thanks everyone. I have to admit I've been super lazy this year with blogging. Year twelve, of course is my excuse. So, I'll just have to do what I can when I can. I'll do a post on the versitile blogger, so don't worry.

  5. Hi! I give you the Versatile Award Blogger :). Go on with your blog!.

    Madame Macabre.

    1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
    2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
    3. Pass the award onto fifteen of your favourite bloggers
    4. Contact your nominees to let them know about the award.

  6. I LOVE this piece--it's my favorite classical piece of all time, honestly. Anyway, it's awesome that you're exploring fugues. I love them too, but I haven't listened to as many as I'd like. Have you heard this version of it (link below)? It sounds really haunting and ethereal. ^-^

  7. @Madame Macarbe. Thanks for the nomination. I love the pictures on your blog. Would you like to do an English post? I can only speak a few sentances of Spanish. x
    @DuskRose_Dreaming Well, I'm hardly exploring fugues at the moment. I am currently a classical flute soloist, so solo fugues are not all that playable. I haven't studied piano in a few years, but I'll probably learn it when I have a spare week. I love Bach, but this is not my favourite. I feel that this was the best example of the music working with the graphic program. x

  8. It is so ironic that after saying that this wasn't my favourite Bach piece, after studying it for a small amount of time it has grown to be my favourite piece by Bach. I should mention that the tone colour for this video is wrong; It has been notated for five parts with the lower bass parts being played on manuals (pedals on an organ). This would mean that the piano was unnable to play this music exactly, and would need to play an arrangement. Hence, a pipe organ tone colour should be used. It sounds so much more impressive on organ, too. x