Prelude & Fugue No.10

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude & Fugue No.10 in E minor

BWV855 • “The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1: Prelude & Fugue No. 10”

About this work

A tentative melody in the treble keens and trills over a steady but restless accompaniment worrying the bass clef; toward the end, everything seems to break into double speed, the pathos suddenly giving way to urgency. This impetus carries over into the short fugue, with its fast, driving, down-sliding subject. In less than four minutes, Bach has delivered a small musical drama that makes up in emotional effect what it may lack in structural ingenuity.