Contrapunctus 10 Variant [Fugue 14]
Baroque period. Formerly published as "Contrapunctus 14," this work is actually a variant of Contrapunctus 10 and now carries the title "Contrpunctus 10 Variant." It is definitely not number 14, well known as the final, unfinished Contrapunctus of "The Art of the Fugue." This work has obtained the number "14" most likely as the reult of a publication error made sometime after Bach's death. An early keyboard edition of Art of the Fugue, edited by Carl Czerny (1791-1857) included this Contrapunctus 10 Variation titled as "Contrapunctus 14." This error was apparently copied by later keyboard editions, and eventually in the original titling of this edition. Regardless of its pedigree, this work is solid and substantial, and as a variant of Fugue No 10, employs all the features of the other fugues of the collection. All of the Contrapuncti were originally written in 4-part SATB open score form, and are now believed to have been intended for performance on the harpsichord. This transcription is in the original key of Dm. -cdp
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