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Prelude to Contrapunctus X from The Art of the Fugue

By Shulamit Ran

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Prelude to Contrapunctus X from The Art of the Fugue. Composed by Shulamit Ran (1949-). With Standard notation. Duration 4 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-41345. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114413450).

Item Number: PR.114413450

A commission by the Brentano String Quartet, as part of the Art of the Fugue companion piece project, has Ran constructing a fascinating Prelude to Contrapunctus X. "I opted not to stray outside the r ealm of Bach-like materials and harmonic language," says Ran, instead using her own skills to create "something that's slightly different than the anticipated sum of the parts. A mildly deconstructed Bach, if you will." Bach-Shards leads directly to the entry point of Contrapunctus X, such that the entrance becomes a logical and emotional release of the energy built up throughout Ran's Prelude. Bach-Shards should always be performed as a prelude to Contrapunctus X. For advanced players. Duration: 4'.

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