Bach, Johann Sebastian (Hornek) Contrapunctus 13-1, from Art of the Fugue, BWV.1080

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  • Bach, Johann Sebastian (Hornek)

    Contrapunctus 13-1, from Art of the Fugue, BWV.1080 (Hornek) [210.11 or 211.01]

    Baroque. Contrapunctus 13-1 (Inversus) (1) is the fifteenth movement (BWV 1080, Nr 13-1) of Bach's final opus. Originally written in 4-part SATB open score form, and now believed to have been intended for performance on the harpsichord. Thereare two Contrapunctus 13's - one in "recto" or forward motion (item 70080), and one in "inverso" or inversion (this item), where the pitch material is mirrored (upside down). Contrapunctus XIII Inversus is thus an example of a mirror fugue. The trombone part is labeled for euphonium, but is absolutely performable upon trombone. As performed by the Harmonic Brass of Munich, Germany.

    1 The apparent mis-numbering here has an explanation. The BWV numbering of the two Contrapunctus 13's is reversed here intentionally, with 13-Recto as BWV 1080-2 and 13-Inverso as BWV 1080-1. This is a result of the Bach family's erroneous numbering and ordering of the Contrapunctus XIII twins after JS Bach's death. In reality, 13-2 comes before 13-1, as Recto must logically precede Inverso. -cdp

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