Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 955 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

Ambox notice.pngThis fugue was previously attributed to Johann Christoph Erselius, but has recently been identified as an original work by Johann Sebastian Bach.



Sheet Music


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Editor Ernst Naumann (1832–1910)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 42 (pp.55-58; 298-299)
Leipzig: Breitkopf und HΓ€rtel, 1894. Plate B.W. XLII.
Misc. Notes Attributed to Johann Christoph Erselius in this edition.
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General Information

Work Title Fugue
Alternative. Title Fuge
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 955 ; BWV 955a
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 199
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
First Publication. 1880
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation clavier

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  • This fugue was previously thought to have been arranged from a work by Johann Christoph Erselius. More recent analysis by Karl Heller ascertained that: "The B-flat major fugue, BWV 955, has hitherto been considered an arrangement by Bach of a G-major fugue by Johann Christopher Erselius (ca.1703-72), a hypothesis now disproven by source and textual studies. The G-major version is actually a transposition of an early version (BWV 955a) of the B-flat major fugue; both date from Bach's early years as a composer" β€” 'Die Klavierfuge BWV 955: Zur Frage ihres Autors und ihrer verschiedenen Fassungen', Das Fruhwerk Johann Sebastian Bachs: Kolloquium veranstaltet vom Institut fur Musikwissenschaft der Universitat Rostock, 11.-13. September 1990 (Koln: Studio, 1995) p.130–141.
    • Both BWV 955a, 955 discussed (as works in volume 3 of Schulenberg's 2013 "The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach" - brief BWV955 analysis and discussion. (Schulenberg notes that it is not, pace!! Heller's statement, regarded as a matter quite disproven, but Schulenberg has no problem with 955 being accepted as part of the Bach canon - on the one hand "it will appear in the N[eue]B[ach]A[usgabe] reserved for doubtful clavier works", on the other, "less well documented works have been accepted into the Bach canon".
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