Prelude & Fugue No.14

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude & Fugue No.14 in F# minor

BWV883 • “The Well-tempered Clavier Book 2: Prelude & Fugue No. 14”

About this work

The prelude begins with a hint of the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations, but immediately proves to be a wholly independent piece, although this fantasie, with its rhythmically varied treble melody, retains much of the Aria's solemnity. This gives way to a triple motet fugue, with its even more solemn primary subject entering first in the tenor, then the soprano and bass. The form and initial manner of expression may seem old-fashioned, but Bach has a surprise in store: two further, smaller-scaled subjects appear, and by the end all three subjects have combined.