Was it written for organ? Was it intended as an abstract, instructive work, or a monument of instrumental polyphony?
Bach died before completing the triple fugue which was to finish The Art of Fugue. This fact has added to the mythology that has grown up around the composer’s high-Baroque counterpoint.
The eighteen fugues which comprise this work include some of Bach’s most ingenious inventions – and yet the listener may not be aware of these extraordinary twists.
Southbank Centre welcomes Anne Page back to Royal Festival Hall to tackle this emotional odyssey on the organ.
PerformersAnne Page organ
RepertoireJS Bach: Der Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV.1080
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk
Anne Page and Southbank Centre’s Organ Curator, William McVicker, discuss Bach’s inspiration for The Art of Fugue. They weigh up the importance of works by Italian, Dutch and French composers. Admission free.
Saturday 18 November 10.30am – 12 noon, St Paul’s Pavilion: Inside Music
Grab a coffee and explore Johann Sebastian Bach’s experimental last work, The Art of Fugue. £10 (See separate event).
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£7 student tickets are available via the Student Pulse app in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage. Download the app from any app store or go to studentpulse.mobi.