Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue Music Recordings

The tradition of combining a prelude and a fugue to form a set of pieces can be traced back to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, particularly his two books of preludes and fugues, known as the Well Tempered Clavier. Although he was not the first composer to write cycles of preludes and fugues, his reputation and the elevated nature of his work helped establish the format, which would be reproduced by many composers in the classical and romantic periods.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
Prelude and Fugue in Cm, BWV 546 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Cm, BWV 549 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in D major Johann Lorenz Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Dm, BWV 539 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Dm, BWV 554 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Eb, BWV 552 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Em, BWV 533 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Em, BWV 533 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Em, BWV 548 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in Fm, BWV 534 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude and Fugue no. 16, BWV 861, from 'Das wohltemperierte Klavier I' Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Prélude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18 César Franck Organ Romantic
Prelude & Fugue in G, BWV 541 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Prelude & Fugue no. 8, BWV 853, from 'Das wohltemperierte Klavier I' Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach, S. 462 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
The Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846-869 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
The Well Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870-893 Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Baroque
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque