Prelude & Fugue No.15

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude & Fugue No.15 in G major

BWV860 • “The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1: Prelude & Fugue No. 15”

About this work

Brilliant cascades of passagework rush through the little prelude, while Bach provides a bouncing rhythmic figure in the bass. The fugue's subject, with its turns and bright nature, might easily form the basis of a coloratura aria. Here, of course, it becomes enmeshed in counterpoint. This is one of the Well Tempered Clavier pieces Bach worked on the longest, and the result is highly polished, with each voice maintaining great independence while interlocking perfectly with the other contrapuntal lines.