This is an extremely playful early fugue of Bach. The subject is hesitant to proceed, but when all four measures are through, you pretty well know it
is a fugue subject. The adagio at the end just continues the surprises. The bulk of the fugue is played on the GT Bourdon 8' + Octave 4' + Larigot
1 1/3 with SW Principal 2' coupled down. The PD enters at Ms. 65 with Rohrgedackt 16' + Octave 8' + Mixture III + Fagotto 16'; on the GT the
Bourdon is replaced by the Principal 8' and Mixture IV is added. The next PD change retires the Rohrgedackt and draws the Bourdon 16' + Trompete 8'.
In answer to this, the Rohrgedackt 16' is added to the GT and Mixture IV to the SW. Not to be outdone, the PD adds the Choral Bass 4'. The final
registration adds the Rohrschalmei 4' to the PD, the Bourdon 8' to the GT, and a battery of Rohrflute 8' + Gambe 8' + Gemshorn 4' + Nasard 2 2/3' to
the SW (which, as I'm sure you will remember, has always been coupled to the GT).
Midi File available.
Schantz at First Baptist Church of Riverside, California (1966) sampled by Jonathan Orwig
- Fugue in C minor, BWV 575
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