Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the Other Bach Transcriptions for Solo Piano by Ferruccio BusoniAlthough Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924) wrote operas, orchestral, and chamber music, he is today especially renowned for his works for piano, particularly his very popular and frequently performed transcriptions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Busoni early earned a worldwide reputation as an extraordinary pianist, one who combined great virtuoso technique with a profound and powerful musical intellect. These qualities are amply evident in the remarkable piano transcriptions in this edition: Prelude and Fugue in D; Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (St. Anne); Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C; Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; Chaconne in D minor; and Ten Chorale-Preludes.
All pianists — especially those who aspire to the highest levels of technique — will welcome the opportunity to study and perform these wonderful works presented complete in this convenient, modestly priced volume.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
The piece opens with a toccata section, followed by a fugue that ends in a coda. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire. Scholars differ as to when it was composed. It could have been as early as c. To a large extent the piece conforms to the characteristics deemed typical for the north German organ school of the baroque era with divergent stylistic influences, such as south German characteristics.
First published in through the efforts of Felix Mendelssohn, the piece quickly became popular, and is now one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire. The attribution of the piece to Bach, however, has been challenged since the s by a number of scholars. As with most Bach organ works, no autograph manuscript of BWV survives. The only near-contemporary source is an undated copy by Johannes Ringk, a pupil of Johann Peter Kellner. It is most probably a later addition, similar to the title of Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV , because in the Baroque era such organ pieces would most commonly be called simply Prelude Praeludium, etc. BWV exhibits a typical simplified north German structure with a free opening toccata , a fugal section fugue , and a short free closing section. The connection to the north German organ school was noted early by Bach biographer Philipp Spitta in
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Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
J. S. Bach - F. Busoni: Toccata and Fugue BWV 565. Piano: Juan Ignacio Fernández
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