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This has been a new piece I’m working on, it’s been fun, one of the more complex fugues I’ve worked on.

Needs less pedal, voicing can always be better, so it’s a work in progress. Constructive comments welcome.


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It is very well played given the level of difficulty of the piece. You keep the tempo (probably a bit too much) well till the end and I find it is not too slow nor too fast. So excellent job !

Now the recording quality is not optimal so it would certainly sound even better with a more elaborate equipment.

Now, my general opinion about the AoF (Art of Fugue) is that it is essentially a compositional repository. It was certainly designed to be studied and played on a keyboard, even though some actually disagree with that (the notation does no seem to indicate a keyboard version). Though the CIV is quite similar to a regular fugue.

In any case, I think the piano is probably one of the least suited to play these pieces. Both the organ and harpsichord allow for a much clearer and better separation of lines. My personal preference goes for a set of string instruments. See below.

In terms of possible improvements, yes you are right, there is a bit too much pedal and one of the issue with that is that with the tempo, you create many unwanted clash of harmonies. In addition it blurs the voicing. You can keep some of it, but you really have to keep it low enough and controlled so that the main line remains clear. Also I know it is difficult but you tend to play at a relatively similar level in both hands which does not help to delineate the voices.

The other point is that it would gain by being less linear, lighter and more articulate. For example around 0:17/0:18, typically I would play detached and slightly staccato. If you control the pedal that would already work much better.

Finally One of the main challenge is that there is a certain natural inherent repetitiveness in the piece due to the many reitaration of the theme in different forms. So a little more structure would help with a variety of effects. But I think this is something you can work on as a secondary topic. There are not too many piano versions out there that I find really good.


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Sidokar, thank you for your generous and thoughtful response!

Unfortunately I am unable to watch your video link.

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Originally Posted by spk
Sidokar, thank you for your generous and thoughtful response!

Unfortunately I am unable to watch your video link.

Ha ! Here it is again. It works for me.

In any case you can find it directly on YT under Art of fugue Goebel. It was just to illustrate the result with string instruments.



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