Prelude & Fugue No.6

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude & Fugue No.6 in D minor

BWV851 • “The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1: Prelude & Fugue No. 6”

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.