About this work
Bach immediately establishes a march rhythm in the bass line of the prelude, but the treble is all roiling passagework. At the midpoint, the music almost veers into a free toccata, but after only a bar or so it returns to the strict initial pattern, ending with a few assertive chords. The brief but no-nonsense fugue presents three close entries of its subject and quickly veers into free counterpoint that closely hews to the theme.
Curated by Femke Steketee, Saxophonist