This transcription is
primarily based on the version for lute, but a few elements from the violin
version are also incorporated. Since the lute version bears traces of some
accommodation for technical considerations relating to the idiosyncrasies of
the baroque lute, some minor inconsistencies have been resolved by relying on
the violin version, which is in Bach’s own hand.
Click here or on the image below to view a video of the duet version:
About the Book: The book contains three complete scores of
the fugue. The musical content of each is essentially identical. The solo, duet
and trio versions offer three modes for exploring the music. It is recommended
that the player learn both the duet and trio versions, mastering each of the
parts. In this way, the musical content of all the contrapuntal melodic strands
will become deeply embedded in the player’s musical imagination.
When the player is fully at ease with each of the individual
parts of the duet and trio, then the solo version can be mastered with much
greater ease. The technical issues, which are at times quite challenging, then
are encountered and resolved. A perfectly detailed musical imagination of all
the parts then becomes the impetus for full technical mastery.