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April 26th, 2015, 3:00PM

San Antonio Recorder Society

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Texas Early Music Project

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Texas Early Music Project

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La Follia Austin Baroque

May 10th, 2015, 3:00PM

La Follia Austin Baroque

J.S. Bach's "The Art of Fugue" In the last decade of his life, Bach undertook the composition of 18 studies based on a single theme, which he collectively titled Die Kunst der Fuge, or The Art of Fugue. Fourteen of these studies are so-called fugues, a compositional form employing imitative entrances of the theme under strict rules. Bach was (and still is) the undisputed master of fugal composition. However, the permutations of this theme that Bach conceived stretched even his mighty powers to the limit. The theme is turned upside down. It is played at the same time as the main theme. It is played with shorter and longer note durations simultaneously, and much more. The final fugue (apparently left unfinished at his death) combines three other themes with the main theme, one of those themes being a spelling of his name. Several composers have humbly attempted completions of this fugue, and La Follia will perform one of the most famous.

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

1685-1750 Bach was a master of the keyboard instruments of his day, particularly the organ, harpsichord and clavichord. He documented the "well-tempered" method of tuning for early stringed keyboard instruments.

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Featured Instrument

Crumhorn

Crumhorn

A capped reed in the woodwind family, developed in the Renaissance period. Its name means "bent horn."

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