Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Instrument: Percussion Trio
Duration: 10 min.
Arranged by Michiko Noguchi
Performing Artists: Tatsuo Sasaki, Baku Nakata & Michiko Noguchi
This is thought to be one of the earliest of the 250 or so organ works Bach composed throughout his life, having been completed before 1708 (when he was 23 years old) at the latest. The Toccata relentlessly builds up to a climax via teeming octave passages in the opening, characteristic weighty organ harmonies, and rapid improvisatory episodes. The ensuing Fugue, starting with one solo voice, reaches ever greater heights of exultation as it binds two, three and then four voices together, after which it reverts to the freedom of the toccata and closes the work with glorious, sumptuous harmonies. This is probably the most famous of Bach’s organ works, familiar not only in its original organ guise, but also in Stokowski’s orchestration and in Busoni’s arrangement for the piano.
All Bach repertoire was arranged for the purpose of recording the CD "Back to Bach" which was released in November 2017 in Tokyo.
The repertoire performed by marimba players today are mostly modern original pieces. However it is very important to get to know classical music, especially that of Bach. It is my wish to to make marimba ensemble more popular and provide music which is not too difficult technically, yet contains high artistic quality. This was my motivation to release this Bach series, Music,and CD. The title "Back to Bach" reflects this wish, and repertoire on the CD was performed by world renowned marimba performers.♪ iTunes :http://qq1q.biz/JT5D
Note: This trio can be played on two marimbas (5.0 Octave and 4.3 Octave Marimba).
This trio can be played on two marimbas (5.0 Octave and 4.3 Octave Marimba).
About the composer +
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.
Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.
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Engraving: Michiko Noguchi
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