Prelude & Fugue No.10

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude & Fugue No.10 in E minor

BWV879 • “The Well-tempered Clavier Book 2: Prelude & Fugue No. 10”

About this work

Completely lacking any of the modern, "sad" connotations of the minor, this prelude moves with quick determination, a corrente in two voices that sometimes imitate each other, but more often with the bass line providing a busy accompaniment to the even more involved treble part. The fugue employs a different dance form: with its initial skipping figure, the subject is a gigue that eventually plays with contrasting rhythms. The three voices enter in descending order and build to a grand, impressive conclusion that slightly falls away in the last couple of bars.