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So you want to play a fugue?

What is a fugue? How do you make sense of its elements? How can you tell it apart from the prelude? What is the prelude even for? In this episode of Bach@Home, pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska performs and explains the inner workings of a fugue, including concepts of imitative polyphony, inversion, motives, episodes, and coda. This video is dedicated to those who are approaching the genre for the first time.

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