Johann Sebastian Bach

The Art of Fugue

Event Info

Fretwork presents J. S. Bach's contrapuntal masterpiece Art of Fugue, composed in his final years of life. Fretwork describes it:

Although J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) was written well after the sun had set on the age of the viol consort, we find that our ensemble thrives in this music, as a kind of single polyphonic organism. By assigning each line of counterpoint to a different instrument, the work’s brilliant structure becomes illuminated from within, without losing any of its cohesiveness. It is to date our highest-selling recording, and our favourite Bach programme.

Fretwork will be in residence at Princeton University Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th. These events are presented by the Princeton University Glee Club, the Princeton University Music Department and Princeton Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 students, free for VdGSA members

About the Artist:

Few ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. Their recordings of arrangements of J. S. Bach have won particular praise, but they have recently issued a disc containing music by Grieg, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Warlock, and Britten. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory – Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes, and Byrd – have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.