8 Kleine Präludien und Fugen, BWV 553-560 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Nearly all scholars are in agreement these works are not those of J.S. Bach. Arguments have been advanced in favor of Bach's pupil Johann Ludwig Krebs, his father Johann Tobias Krebs, Bach's eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Franz Anton Maichelbeck, Johann Caspar Simon and (most recently) the Bohemian composer Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer.
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Editor Ernst Naumann (1832-1910)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 38 (pp.23-47)
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1891. Plate B.W. XXXVIII.
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Editor Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Publisher. Info. Oeuvres complètes pour orgue, Vol.I, Cah.1 (pp.iv, 1-25)
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Arranger Isidore Russ (1909-1998)
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Publisher. Info. New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, 1951. Catalog A1004.
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Misc. Notes 8 Fugues only from BWV- 553, through to BWV-560
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Work Title 8 Kleine Präludien und Fugen
Alternative. Title
Name Translations Eight Short Preludes and Fugues; Acht kleine Preludes en Fuga's; Acht kleine Präludien und Fugen; Huit petits préludes et fugues
Name Aliases Acht kleine preludes en fuga's
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 179428019; LCCN: n82043174; GND: 300010788; BNF: 13909675v
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 553–560 ; BC.J28–J35
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 348
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 8 preludes and fugues:
  1. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 553
    Prelude (57 bars); Fugue (26 bars)
  2. Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 554
    Prelude (31 bars); Fugue (30 bars)
  3. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 555
    Prelude (25 bars); Fugue (72 bars)
  4. Prelude and Fugue in F major, BWV 556
    Prelude (58 bars); Fugue (29 bars)
  5. Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 557
    Prelude (25 bars); Fugue (35 bars)
  6. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 558
    Prelude (37 bars); Fugue (45 bars)
  7. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 559
    Prelude (18 bars); Fugue (52 bars)
  8. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 560
    Prelude (36 bars); Fugue (56 bars)
First Publication. 1852 – Leipzig: Peters (ed. Griepenkerl, Roitzsch)
Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1852), p.185
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation organ, possibly pedal clavichord
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Extra Information see below
  • "It can be presumed today that Johann Sebastian Bach did not compose the "eight." Unfortunately, it has not yet been possible to identify the composer" (Library of Congress)
  • "Bach's Eight Short Preludes and Fugues have also been attributed to both Tobias and Ludwig [Krebs]; on stylistic grounds neither seems likely." (Hugh J. McLean. "Krebs." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online)

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