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Saturday, January 25, 2014 Permalink

The Fugue Connection

"Fugue" by French artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)

 

The word originally meant “to chase” — and that’s pretty much what happens, as instruments or voices follow one another with the same tune, before launching into variations that often go in very unexpected directions.

I’m talking about the “fugue,” and while its heyday was the 17th and 18th centuries, with composers like Bach and Handel, it has continued in use right up to the present day — and often in surprising ways.

 

RECORDINGS USED

Alma Brasileira  RCA Red Seal 09026-68538-2                                        

Children’s Favorite Songs. Vol. 1   Walt Disney Records (LP) 2505

Glenn Gould Silver Jubilee Album   Sony S2K60686                 

Bach: L’Art de la Fugue         Solstice SOCD 147

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol. II  Sony/CBS Masterworks M3K 42266

Handel: Israel in Egypt   Philips 446 657 2

Handel: Messiah  Linn CKD 285

Hadyn: The Creation   Archiv Produktion 00289 477 7361

Haydn 12 London Symphonies  Deutsche Grammophon DGG 546 150-3

Mozart: Requiem     Deutsche Grammophon DGG 419 610-2

Beethoven: Grosse Fugue   Deutsche Grammophon DGG 415 867-2

Beethoven: String Quartets 13 &14    Deutsche Grammophon DGG B000120602

Verdi: Falstaff     Chandos CHAN3079

The Complete Gershwin   Vox CDX 5007

Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain'   Musicmasters 7021-2-C