Bach, "Little" Fugue (G minor, BWV 578)





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Published on Jun 4, 2007

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Q: Is there a version for piano?
A: Here's an arrangement I made:
and here is one of Olga Samaroff's arrangements
(much better than mine)

Q: What is the BWV number for this piece?
A: 578.

Q: Where can I download a good version of this?
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Q: What instrument is that?
A: The instrument here is a Post fortepiano (a sampled instrument), used as a pedal piano.

Q: I'd rather hear it on the organ.
A: YouTube contributor TheAPAnderson has posted a version:

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A: It's a piano with a pedalboard, like an organ. If you want to know more about this, the Wikipedia article is good
and this company is actually making them (if seeing these pictures doesn't make you want one, you're either not a pianist or not an organist):

Q: Who is performing?
A: This rendition isn’t exactly a performance in the traditional sense; it was done by Stephen Malinowski (smalin, me) using the conductor program; you can read more about that here:

Q: What do the colors in the bar-graph score mean?
A: The colors show which "voice" is playing.

Q: Why are there two lines an octave apart in the bass?
A: In organ music, the parts are often doubled with pitches that are higher than the notated pitch. In addition, the lowest part, played by the pedals, is sometimes doubled an octave lower. When parts are doubled, you tend to hear the lowest pitch, so in the bass part, there was the question: should I show the notated pitch or the pitch you hear? I decided to show both.

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A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate this display; you can get the (Windows) software here:
There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first:

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