Prelude Fugue and Allegro BWV 998

Here are some notes about BWV 998 which was released before Christmas 2015. While the original key was Eb Major the usual key for the guitar is D Major. The fugue is very unusual in being in ternary from with a complete recapitulation of the opening section at the end of the piece. I have ornamented the reprise of the opening which I feel would be consistent with the practices of the time and with Bach’s own approach to performance. A point to note is that the fugue from the second lute suite which I have also recorded is itself in ternary from. The remaining Bach recordings should be available by the end of the month after a bit of a technical hold-up! This is a photograph taken by Mike Caldwell about the time of the recordings and intended for the promotional material supporting my Wigmore Hall (May 1985).Mike Caldwell


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