Fugue Sheet Music

The term 'fugue' refers to both a contrapuntal composition technique and a musical form derived from it. It is constructed on a theme or melody (subject) that is introduced at the beginning of the piece by the first voice, and is subsequently taken by other voices in imitation. The interplay between subject and the counter-subjects and/or free counterpoint in the remaning voices makes up the exposition of the fugue, which recurs a number of times in different keys and modes. The expositions are separated by episodes, which consist of modulatory material based on elements heard of the exposition. The term fugue comes from the latin fugere -to flee- and fugare -to chase. While in the middle ages the term was used to refer to any work following a canonic procedure, during the Renaissance and Baroque periods it came to denote the fully developed procedure of imitative counterpoint. Johann Sebastian Bach, whose pieces are studied as the cenit of the art of fugal writing, modeled his work after the fugues by Buxtehude and Frescobaldi. The textural simplification brought about by the Classical period meant the rise of other procedures and forms, such as the sonata or the symphony. The pure fugue was somewhat abandoned, though composers such as Mozart and Beethoven continued to study the art of fugue and write whole sections of important works using that technique. The term 'fughetta' refers to a short fugue, while 'fugato' refers to a fugal-like section inside of a work which is not stricly a fugue.

Title Composer Instrument Period
Fugue in G major, BWV Anh.44 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Fugue in G major, BWV Anh.91 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Fugue in G major, BWV Anh.92 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Fugue in G major, K.Anh.41/375g Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Classical
Fugue in G minor Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Romantic
Fugue in G minor Benedetto Marcello Organ Baroque
Fugue in G minor Alexis de Castillon Piano Romantic
Fugue in G minor Johann Ernst Eberlin Organ Baroque
Fugue in G minor, BWV 131a Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Fugue in G minor, BWV 1000 Johann Sebastian Bach Lute Baroque
Fugue in G minor, BWV 1026 Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Instrument and Piano Baroque
Fugue in G minor, BWV Anh.101 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Fugue in G minor, BWV Anh.106 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Fugue in G minor, K.154/385k Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Classical
Fugue in G minor, K.401/375e Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Organ Classical
Fugue in G minor, SF C735 Benedetto Marcello Piano Baroque
Fugue in G-sharp minor, MAB 3.7 Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský Organ Baroque
Fugue in Gm, ''Little'', BWV 578 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Fugue on a Theme by Corelli, BWV 579 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Fugue on a Theme by Giovanni Legrenzi, BWV 574 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
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