Prelude And Fugue Essay

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Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 861 (Book I) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Bach completed the first volume of the Well-Tempered Clavier in 1722 at the age of 37. The aim of the book was to write a prelude and fugue in all keys which are arranged in in an ascending chromatic scale in pairs of major and minor scales, for example, C major, C minor, C-sharp major, C-sharp minor etcetera, for those who wished to learn. Only seven of the 96 pieces have an explicit tempo marking, but BWV 861 is not one of them. Though written in a minor, the piece is by no means stately or solemn in tone. The prelude opens with a dream-like trill in the right hand with comes back later when the subject is absent. At such moments…show more content…
Ballade Op. 118 No. 3 in G Minor Johannes Brahms…show more content…
Each section is subdivided into more sections. The first section introduces the motif which includes fast, slightly detached and energetic chords. The motif comes back slightly modified within a couple of bars time. The second section modulates to the key of B major which is divided into two more subsections which is extremely different from the loud, energetic and almost violent start. However, here too the key changes momentarily in D-sharp minor. The final section that closes the piece echoes the first section which then ends in its tonic key. Prelude in G Major, Opus 32, No. 5 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Unlike any of his predecessors like Bach or Scriabin, Rachmaninoff’s Preludes have not been arranged in any particular order. This prelude is from a set of thirteen preludes written in the year 1910, written in a span of barely nineteen days. He managed to write three of them in a single day. Written in the height of his career, the prelude reflects spring and has arppeggiated quintuplets in the left hand. Opening in G major, the prelude moves to G minor to provide a sense of contrast unlike his other works where he provides a sustainable middle section. During the recapitulation, the melody ascends higher than before but returns to G major, allowing for a very gradual,

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