Let's celebrate the 328th birthday of our great master with this wonderful performance of his Contrapunctus I from the Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 by George Ritchie.
I remember witnessing two complete splendid performances of this magnificent polyphonic masterpiece within the same week, when I was a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Ritchie performed it on the famous landmark 17th century Dutch-style organ by Gene Bedient which stood at the time at Cornerstone chapel.
Dr. Ritchie has since released a complete DVD and 2-CD set of the Art of Fugue with FugueStateFilms. You can read more about it and watch the introductory video of this work here.
If you like Contrapunctus I, I have also prepared a practice score of this piece arranged for the organ with pedals with complete fingering and pedaling written in for easy practice and ideal articulation.
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.