Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952

Joseph Kerman

in The Art of Fugue

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243583
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941397 | DOI:
Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952

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This fugue functions in a lively passage of preparation for the strong cadence. The brevity and a certain rhythmic quirk in the subject of BWV 952 hint at a spoof of the old-fashioned straggling subjects. It counts as the first of an almost breathless string of witticisms or antics coming up in this little composition. The rhythmic quirk arises from a slightly irregular accent thrown by an upbeat figure onto an even beat of the bar. Various points of interest in this fughetta are discussed, which include bars in the countersubject that may be a glib sequence emerging from the exposition or a pair of entries after the central cadence that has led to D minor.

Keywords: BWV 952; fughetta; rhythmic quirk; D minor; antics

Chapter.  1221 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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