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.
Curated by Maria Nemtsova, Pianist