The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, by Johann Sebastian Bach

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"Über dieser Fuge..."
Structure of The Art of Fugue
The "unfinished" fugue
About the realization
How to listen to The Art of Fugue
About the narratives below


The Art of Fugue

Simple Fugues
Contrapunctus I  (3:52)
Contrapunctus II  (3:12)
Contrapunctus III  (3:49)
Contrapunctus IV  (3:18)

Canon alla Ottava  (4:12)

Stretto Fugues
Contrapunctus V  (2:24)
Contrapunctus VI  (4:20)
Contrapunctus VII  (2:49)

Canon alla Decima  (4:44)

Double and Triple Fugues
Contrapunctus VIII  (5:17)
Contrapunctus IX  (2:46)
Contrapunctus X  (3:29)
Contrapunctus XI  (6:58)

Canon alla Duodecima  (3:33)

Mirror Fugues
Contrapunctus XII + inversus  (3:36)
Contrapunctus XIII + inversus  (4:23)

Canon per Augmentationem  (4:16)

Quadruple Fugue
Contrapunctus XIV  (11:52)

About the Narratives

Each part of AOF in the program below has its own page, all arranged identically.

Flash player: At the top of each page is a Flash player; click the play button or anywhere on the image to start the MP3. The image in each part features one of the wonderful sights of the cosmos for your viewing enjoyment, adapted from NASA images or rendered by me. (Note: if you navigate away from a page while the Flash player is playing, the playback will stop.)

Track summary: Directly below the Flash player is the title, length, and download size of the fugue, as well as a link to let you download the MP3 if you'd like to bypass the Flash player.

Narrative: The narrative below the download link will usually have a score excerpt or two, a brief description of the music, and some discussion of why I arranged it the way I did. If you listen to the parts of AOF sequentially, working your way through the contrapuncti and canons, the narratives will spin what I intend as a storylike trip through AOF in particular, and fugues in general. Listening to AOF is, in a way, a journey, so why not?

AOF Threads: The wealth of interesting items in this work invites exploration of common themes via hyperlinks in the manner perfectly suited to Web pages. Therefore, the narrative for any part of the work may have one or more color-coded notes as follows: discussions about musical connections to other parts of the work, commentary on structure of the cycle, and notes about numerological (gematric) and symbolic references. These notes are accompanied with links to pages about the relevant pieces, but remember if you click these while the Flash player is playing music, it will navigate you to the other page and cut off the playback.

Image description: At the end of each page, you'll find a description of the celestial imagery in the Flash player.