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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Complete Organ Works 1

Preludes and Fugues I
Breitkopf Urtext Edition
You will find supplementary material online

Musical EditionsMusic score (Urtext edition), online media
Item no.577750
Author / ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
EditorDavid Schulenberg
Languagesgerman, english
Scope140 pages; 32 × 25 cm
Release year2014
Publisher / ProducerBreitkopf & Härtel
Producer No.EB 8801


In his Preludes and Fugues, Johann Sebastian Bach made decisive contributions to the development of this genre tradition. The importance of this work group in his own organ oeuvre is confirmed by the many transmitted sources: hardly any autographs, but all the more copies. The genesis of the works and the question of versions associated with it are described at length in the Introduction.

In his new edition, editor David Schulenberg occasionally makes a new evaluation of the transmitted sources. To do so, he based himself as faithfully as possible on the manuscripts that can be traced back to Bach or to his circle. Here the American Bach expert generally chooses one source as his principal one. Divergences from other sources are documented in the Commentary. On the whole, the new Urtext edition sometimes also emends some long-cherished readings of ornaments, voice leading and notation. This volume presents also the early version of the C major Prelude BWV 545 as well as the inserted Trio movement of the three-movement version of this work.

Two further versions, which are also related to the Prelude and Fugue BWV 545, are available online.


  •  1. Prelude in C major BWV 531
  •  2. Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 545
  •  2.1 Trio BWV 529/2
  •  2.2 Prelude in C major early version BWV 545a/1
  •  3. Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 547
  •  4. Prelude in C major BWV 566
  •  5. Prelude in E major BWV 566
  •  6. Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 546
  •  7. Prelude in C minor BWV 549
  •  8. Prelude in D mino BWV 549a
  •  9. Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532
  •  10. Appendix: Fugue in D major BWV 532/2a
  •  Fuga in C BWV 545a/2 early version (online)
  •  Prelude in B BWV 545b variant
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