Fugue State Films

Johann Sebastian Bach, The Art of Fugue


In a finely produced set, George Ritchie performs the Art of Fugue on the recently built (2006) Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ in Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as additional works selected from his outstanding and highly acclaimed Bach Organ Works Complete played on the Taylor and Boody organ in Worcester, Massachusetts and the Brombaugh & Associates organ in Collegedale, Tennessee, as well as a rendition of the Ricercar from the Musical Offering on a Bedient Organ in Lincoln, Nebraska. The DVD included in the set is a feature length film with Ritchie and Bach scholar Christoph Wolff discussing the Art of Fugue and its placement in western musical history, organbuilders Richards and Fowkes discussing the matching of instruments to Bach's music, and treatments of other issues surrounding the Art of Fugue and Bach’s musical legacy. A 111-minute lecture by George Ritchie completes the video production and includes a detailed introduction to the 20 movements of the Art of Fugue and dozens of musical examples both played and illustrated with the Peters Edition of the score. A superb compilation of scholarly discussion and remarkable music making. CD 1

Richards, Fowkes, & Co. Opus 14, 2006
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona

Contrapunctus 1
Contrapunctus 2
Contrapunctus 3
Contrapunctus 4
Contrapunctus 5
Contrapunctus 6, a 4 in Style Francese
Contrapunctus 7, a 4 per Augmentationem et Dimunitionem
Contrapunctus 8, a 3
Contrapunctus 9, a 4 alla Duodecima
Contrapunctus 10, a 4 alla Decima
Contrapunctus 11, a 4
Contrapunctus inversus 12(1), a 4
Contrapunctus inversus 12(2), a 4
Contrapunctus inversus 13(1), a 3
Contrapunctus inversus 13(2), a 3
Canon alla Ottava
Canon all Decima in Contrapunto all Terza

CD 2

Richards, Fowkes, & Co. Opus 14, 2006
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona

Canon all Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
Contrapunctus 14, Fuga a 3 Soggetti

Additional Late Works

Taylor and Boody Organbuilders, Opus 9, 1985
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachhusetts

Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit, BWV 668
Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 769a a 2 claviers et pedale
Canone all’ ottava
Canone alla quinta
Canto fermo in canone
Canone alla settima
Canon per augmentationem

Bedient Pipe Organ Co., Opus 8, 1977
Cornerstone, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ricercar a 6 (from Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079)

John Brombaugh & Associates, Opus 26, 1986
The Anton Heiller Memorial Organ
Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee

Schübler Chorales
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 647
Meine Selle erhebt den Herren, BWV 648
Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmer herunter, BWV 650

Richards, Fowkes, & Co. Opus 14, 2006
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona

Contrapunctus 14, Fuga a 3 Soggetti
Completed by Helmut Walcha

Desert Fugue

A Feature Length Documentary (90 minutes) about the Art of Fugue with Christoph Wolff, George Ritchie, Ralph Richards and Bruce Fowkes
Produced by Fugue State Films, Will Fraser, Director

George Ritchie’s Introduction to the Art of Fugue (111 minutes)
Lecture by George Ritchie detailing Bach’s fugal and composition techniques Two CDs and a DVD boxed set 

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