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Forum Series: The Art of Fugue: The Culminating Work of Bach’s Final Decade

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio YST Conservatory 117376 Singapore (map)


The Art of Fugue preserves the purest spirit of the highest form of baroque art. The work is a philosophical breviary, every measure of which invites reflection and thought.”

                                                                                                          Paul Henry Lang



The Art of Fugue marks the conclusion of Bach’s compositional career. In this presentation Associate Professor Daniel Herscovitch from The University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music discusses this work and its relationship to the other five major compositions of Bach’s final decade. He examines various issues raised by these works, some of these being genre, the implications of their titles, numerology, the forms in which they have come down to us and their place within the performance practice of the time. This presentation will challenge some of the assumptions of received wisdom and conclude by discussing various issues to be addressed in preparing a performance of The Art of Fugue on the modern piano.


• Free admission.
• All event information is correct at time of print.
• Out of respect for other concertgoers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

Photo credits: Dominic Blake