Bach - Art of the Fugue BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus VIII & XIII




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Published on Jul 31, 2008

The Dresden String Trio plays in the hall of the Old Bourse (Alte Börse) in Leipzig

1. Contrapunctus VIII
2. Contrapunctus XIIIa
3. Contrapunctus XIIIb

The term "baroque" applies in music as it does in architecture. As a baroque composer, Bach was surrounded by baroque buildings in Leipzig. The oldest of these was the Alte Handelsbörse (the old trade exchange) on the Naschmarkt, built by Leipzig merchants between 1678 and 1687 and used nowadays as a concert venue.

In his late compositions, Musical Sacrifice and The Art of the Fugue, Bach made no clear stipulation for the order of instruments. Apart from the organ and the piano, string instruments are particulary suited to succesful interpretation of The Art of the Fugue (1749-50).

The Dresden String Trio was founded in 1995. Jörg Fassmann (violin), Sebastian Herberg (viola) and Michael Pfaender (violoncello) hold leading positions in the Dresden State Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting corporation. Apart from performing classical string trio, the ensemble also plays contemporary compositions.


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