Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

(1685-1750)

J.S. Bach

Bach was most famous as a virtuoso player and improviser on the organ. All of his keyboard compositions were written either for the organ or the harpsichord. However, the music worked so well on any keyboard that it has become standard piano literature. In retrospect, Bach was the greatest composer of fugues who ever lived. All of his music can be described as either contrapuntal or broken chord harmony. The preludes are the main compositions that use mostly broken chord harmonies. The fugues and the inventions are completely contrapuntal. Other compositions such as the dance suites, sonatas and fantasies use a combination of counterpoint and broken chord harmony. For pianists his most famous work is the Well Tempered Clavier. This is 48 preludes and fugues with 2 in each key

Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

  • Contrapunctus I
  • Contrapunctus II
  • Contrapunctus III
  • Contrapunctus IV
  • Contrapunctus V
  • Contrapunctus VI
  • Contrapunctus VII
  • Contrapunctus VIII
  • Contrapunctus IX
  • Contrapunctus X
  • Contrapunctus XI
  • Contrapunctus XII
  • Contrapunctus XIII
  • Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu: Canon in inverted motion
  • Canon alla Ottava: Canon at the Octave
  • Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza: Canon at the tenth
  • Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta: Canon at the twelfth

Goldberg Variations

  • Variation 1
  • Variation 2
  • Variation 3
  • Variation 4
  • Variation 5
  • Variation 6
  • Variation 7
  • Variation 8
  • Variation 9
  • Variation 10
  • Variation 11
  • Variation 12
  • Variation 13
  • Variation 14
  • Variation 15
  • Variation 16
  • Variation 17
  • Variation 18
  • Variation 19
  • Variation 20
  • Variation 21
  • Variation 22
  • Variation 23
  • Variation 24
  • Variation 25
  • Variation 26
  • Variation 27
  • Variation 28
  • Variation 29
  • Variation 30
  • Closing Theme

Inventions

  • Invention No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
  • Invention No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773
  • Invention No. 3 in D major, BWV 774
  • Invention No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
  • Invention No. 5 in E-flat major, BWV 776
  • Invention No. 6 in E major, BWV 777
  • Invention No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778
  • Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV 779
  • Invention No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780
  • Invention No. 10 in G major, BWV 781
  • Invention No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782
  • Invention No. 12 in A major, BWV 783
  • Invention No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
  • Invention No. 14 in B-flat major, BWV 785
  • Invention No. 15 in B minor, BMV 786

Little Preludes

  • Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 924
  • Prelude No. 2 in D minor, BWV 926
  • Prelude No. 3 in F major, BWV 927
  • Prelude No. 4 in G minor, BWV 930
  • Prelude No. 5 in F major, BWV 928
  • Prelude No. 6 in D major, BWV 925
  • Prelude No. 7 in C major, BWV 933
  • Prelude No. 8 in C minor, BWV 934
  • Prelude No. 9 in D minor, BWV 935
  • Prelude No. 10 in D major, BWV 936
  • Prelude No. 11 in E major, BWV 937
  • Prelude No. 12 in E minor, BWV 938
  • Prelude No. 13 in C major, BWV 939
  • Prelude No. 14 in D minor, BWV 940
  • Prelude No. 15 in E minor, BWV 941
  • Prelude No. 16 in A minor, BWV 942
  • Prelude No. 17 in C major, BWV 943
  • Prelude No. 18 in C minor, BWV 999

Well Tempered Clavier — Book I

  • Prelude No. 1 in C BWV 846
  • Fugue No. 1 in C BWV 846
  • Prelude No. 2 in C minor BWV 847
  • Fugue No. 2 in C minor BWV 847
  • Prelude No. 4 in C# minor BWV 849
  • Fugue No. 4 in C# minor BWV 849
  • Prelude No. 5 in D BWV 850
  • Fugue No. 5 in D BWV 850
  • Prelude No. 6 in D minor BWV 851
  • Fugue No. 6 in D minor BWV 851
  • Prelude No. 8 in Eb minor BWV 853
  • Fugue No. 8 in D# minor BWV 853
  • Prelude No. 9 in E BWV 854
  • Fugue No. 9 in E BWV 854
  • Prelude No. 10 in E minor BWV 855
  • Fugue No. 10 in E minor BWV 855
  • Prelude No. 13 in F# BWV 858
  • Fugue No. 13 in F# BWV 858
  • Prelude No. 15 in G BWV 860
  • Fugue No. 15 in G BWV 860
  • Prelude No. 16 in G minor BWV 861
  • Fugue No. 16 in G minor BWV 861
  • Prelude No. 17 in Ab BWV 862
  • Fugue No. 17 in Ab BWV 862
  • Prelude No. 21 in Bb BWV 866
  • Fugue No. 21 in Bb BWV 866
  • Prelude No. 22 in Bb minor BWV 867
  • Fugue No. 22 in Bb minor BWV 867

Other Works

  • Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903
    1. Fantasy
    2. Fugue
  • Italian Concerto, BWV 971
    1. First Movement (without tempo indication)
    2. Andante
    3. Presto
  • Fugue in C minor
  • Fugue in D minor
  • March in D major, BWV Anh. 122
  • Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114
  • Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126
  • Tocatta in D minor, BWV 565