Bach The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge) is an incomplete work of unspecified instrumentation by J.S. Bach, written in the last decade of his life, and acting as a culmination of his experimentation with monothematic instrumental works. It consists of fugues and 4 canons, all variating a single principal subject, and ordered by increasing complexity. The order of the component pieces has been debated, as there are differences between the extant manuscript and the printed editions that appeared inmediately after Bach's death. Musical reasons have been invoked to propose differentorders for later publications and/or executions of the work. Contrapunctus XIV was left unfinished, and this has led to a great number of complex historical and theorical investigations on Bach's intentions regarding that last piece. Theories either reconstructing the ending or explaining why it was left like that have been advanced by scholars of different branches of the arts and science. 
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Conon alla decima
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Conon per Augmentationem
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 1 Einfache Fuge
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 4 Einfache Fuge des themas
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 5 Gegenfuge
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 7 a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 9 a 4 per Duodecima
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 11 a 4 Quadrupelfuge
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 13 a 3 rectus Spiegelfuge
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunto alla Ottava
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Fuga a 4 Soggetti
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Complete Performance (Double Guitar Quartet - Nichifor)
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus I and Contrapunctus IV
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Canon XIV
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XVI Rectus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XVI Inversus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus V
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Canon XII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus IX
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus VIII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus II
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus III
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Canon XIII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus VII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XVII Rectus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XVII Inversus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Canon XV
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus X
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XI
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - The Unfinished Fugue
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 1
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 2
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 3
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 4
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 5
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 6 in stile francese
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 7
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 8
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 9
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 10
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 11
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 12 Canon alla Ottava
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 13 Canon alla 12ma
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 14 Canon alla 10ma
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 15 Canon per Augm.
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 16 a3 rectus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 16 a3 inversus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 17 a4 rectus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus 17 a4 inversus
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - 4-part Fugue, incomplete
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus I
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus II
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus III
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus IV
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - 5: CANON
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus V
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus VI
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus VII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus VIII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - 10: CANON
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus IX
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus X
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XI
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - 14: CANON
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Contrapunctus XIII
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - CANON all' Ottava
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - FUGA a 3 Soggetti
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - CHORALE: "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich"
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The Art of Fugue, BWV. 1080 - Unfinished Fugue
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