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The 11th Fugue in The Art of Fugue: A Triple Fugue &… A Possible Anti-Golden-Section?

February 19, 2021

The closing of our chapter on compound fugues, contrapunctus eleven, a powerful, complicated, and long fugue. Two expositions of the first theme? One in inversion? And wait, this is a triple fugue where all themes come in inversion and… also not in inversion? Holy B***! 

 

Topics covered:

The original order of the fugues found in P 200 (the autograph score).

The 11th fugue as a possible early finale to The Art of Fugue. 

Glenn Gould’s version of this fugue. 

Could there be an ‘anti-golden section’ in this one?

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