Bach uses an 8 measure theme, unlike traditional 4-measure passacaglias of earlier composers, and works as much with the harmony as the melody, so
this piece may be better thought of as a chaconne. Rather than stop at the Passacaglia and restart the Thema Fugatum as many performances do, I
followed the advice of Russ Davis, who says, in part: "Contrary to popular misconceptions, the work is, per the Schmieder catalog, as well as the
obvious structure in the score itself, a Passacaglia with the final variation being a fugal one, rather than a Passacaglia with a separate Fugue."
Kirnberger 3 Temperament.
Midi File available.
The Great organ of the Magnuskerk, Anloo, The Netherlands (1719) -
Samples by Gernot Wurst
- Passacaglia and Thema Fugatum, BWV 582
Audio track was created with Hauptwerk v. 3.30 software
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