Publication's Style: Soft Cover Score & Parts
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
General Description: Baroque Duet
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was one of music’s most prolific composers and the master of the contrapuntal writing technique. The latter part (1723-1750) of his long and fruitful career was spent in Leipzig where he had been appointed to the position of Cantor of Thomasschule. Among his main duties there was the obligation to teach singing to the school’s students and to provide music on a weekly basis for the city’s two principal churches. During his lifetime he was much more renowned as an organist rather than composer. Today the style of his music has allowed it to be successfully adapted to every instrument or combination of instruments imaginable.
It was during this Leipzig period that the Fantasia and Fugue (BWV 904) was written in 1725 for harpsichord. The work was written primarily in four voices and the attempt has been made to share these as equally as possible between the two guitars. The work has been transposed from the original key of A minor to E minor to accommodate the range of the guitar. This arrangement was first performed by the Godwin-Thompson Duo and can be heard in its entirety on their CD Bello Bilancieto.