Short Prelude & Fugue No.5

Johann Sebastian Bach

Short Prelude & Fugue No.5 in G major


About this work

This G major effort is part of the set of Short Preludes and Fugues (8), works that are generally considered of doubtful provenance after having been attributed to Bach for some years. Those who still assert he is the likeliest author generally date the works to his earliest years, around 1700. This piece, at least in its prelude section, exhibits the influence of Buxtehude just as many early Bach keyboard works do, and like many of the so-called Neumeister chorales that are generally dated to the early years of the eighteenth century. This G major's Prelude opens in a glorious mood, the music beaming regality and a sense of joy. Its relatively lengthy pedal solo near the end is a Buxtehude trait and the writing throughout this section in general divulges that master's influence. The Fugue is a bit more relaxed than the mostly lively Prelude, but still manages to be busier in its moderate pacing, not least because it features more interesting contrapuntal activity. It also conveys a sense of grandeur and reaches a pleasingly triumphant ending. This work typically lasts three-and-a-half minutes.