Johann Sebastian Bach
Fantasy and Fugue in D minor: BWV 905

Arranged by Ralph Sauer

Three trombones

Vancouver, BC, , Canada
Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2017

Score. Grade 4.


Originally for harpsichord, this piece is in the style of Bach’s early organ works. Its earliest source is a manuscript of his older brother, Johann Christoph, and it is generally considered to be of ‘doubtful authenticity.’ Malcolm Boyd (1983) cited it as ‘spurious.’ This transcription is dedicated to Ken Wolff and Tres Bone, based in Washington, DC.

The Fantasia comprises just 21 measures, and the fugue 60. Despite its relative brevity, there are many notes, the predominant note value being 16ths. All the original notes are preserved in this transcription, which features exemplary textural clarity. Without any outstanding difficulties, it will nevertheless be quite challenging to play; first part is afforded only four full measures of rest and second has three; third has eleven. First and second parts are given in tenor clef, third in bass. Ranges are B-c2 for first, B-flat-b-flat1 for second and C-c1 for third.

Reviewer: Keith Davies Jones
Review Published January 31, 2019