The Art of Fugue

14 May
Studio Theatre
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BACH The Art of Fugue (extracts, arr. Dentler for chamber ensemble)
BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge in B flat Op.133
MOZART Adagio and Fugue K.546
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.3 in F Op.63

A classic test of a composer’s skills and mastery, the fugue is essentially a ‘round’ – like Frère Jacques – developed to showcase dazzling works of harmonic and rhythmic wizardry. This concert features three majestic examples of the form – Bach’s epic Art of Fugue, Beethoven’s monumental Great Fugue, and Mozart’s effortlessly brilliant Adagio and Fugue – and they are joined by a work from an outstanding twentieth-century master of the form, Dmitri Shostakovich.

'…the greatest piece of music ever composed' Glenn Gould, pianist, on Bach’s final Fugue from The Art of Fugue.

Presented by Music in the Round, as part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2018 

Running time: About 1 hour and 50 minutes (no interval)
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