Tocatta, Adagio & Fugue in C Major - BWV 564
Apart from its florid, quasi-improvised opening, the toccata almost entirely eschews the virtuosity typically associated with the genre, instead focusing very intently on the contrapuntal development of a few short motives treated in concertato style, with alternation between full and comparatively sparse textures corresponding to the tutti and solo groups of a concerto grosso.
The Adagio is written in two very different sections. The first features a gentle, aria-like melody in the right hand over a simple chordal accompaniment; the second, and much shorter, section, marked Grave, emphasizes chromatic progressions, suspensions, and dissonances.
The fugue is built on a striking, strongly violinistic subject in 6/8, and returns to the concerto-like style of the toccata, with very free, brilliant episodes and a virtuosic cadenza at the very end.
recorded/sequenced on the Reuter opus #822 pipe organ, June 8, 2007
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