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Prelude, Fugue, and Chorale

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)



The Prelude, Fugue and Chorale is a composite work. The Prelude in C sharp minor is taken from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavichord" and the Fugue is for the organ in G minor. J. J. Albert, the German composer, in his setting transposes the prelude to D minor and between it and the Fugue has placed a Chorale in G minor for two trumpets, four horns and three trombones. The theme of this Chorale also appears in the fugue. In the original, the Fugue has a very elaborate prelude which is not included in Abert's arrangement. This favorite concert number was first performend in the United States by the Theodore Thomas orchestra in 1876.





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