The Well-Tempered Clavier – Part 1

Walkthrough - Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor (5)

Fugue: Bars 1- 6

The character of the subject is in the spirit of a polonaise, lively yet restrained. I suggest a moderate tempo (the given tempo band represents an average) with light articulations. Whether you decide on my articulations or come up with your own be consistent throughout. I have articulated the countersubject to fit neatly with the subject. Feel free to do it differently (again, consistency is the key). The codetta after the answer is a rising sequence. Begin it lightly and build up to the bass entry in bar 7. Don’t try to connect up the short...

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