Prelude & Fugue No.20

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude & Fugue No.20 in A minor

BWV889 • “The Well-tempered Clavier Book 2: Prelude & Fugue No. 20”

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The prelude, with its chromatically falling primary theme, is a two-part invention exploring its melodic intricacies at some length before finally giving way to the short fugue. This latter item, inspired by the French toccata pathétique, begins with a hesitant, rest-dotted subject that looks forward to the basis of Ba...