Having understood the characteristics and nature of musical scores better now, I began my analysis of the fugue in the sheet music. Fugue in itself tells of certain characteristics of the piece. The definition of fugue is a contrapuntal composition founded on a concise theme called the “subject.” All the voices are of separate melodic importance. Its form is an application of the “ternary” - three principal divisions recognizable usually according to the keys employed. “There is not, however, any actual feeling of thinness; the extensive use which is made of arpeggio serving to enrich the harmonic effect.” I annotated certain structures in the score: ascending and descending arpeggios, arpeggio peaks, exposition, sequence parallels, subject and countersubject, fugue and counterfugue, key changes, register reversal, and returns to the theme. After this analysis, Bach’s fugue was broken down into a disjointed collection of standard elements and partially lost the awareness of human ingenuity behind it.
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