Prelude and Fugue, WTC Book I, No.22, by J. S. Bach
Transcribed for String Quintet by John W. Pratt, PDF $16.00
Though written for keyboard, this Prelude and Fugue from Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is wonderfully adaptable to an instrumental quintet. The Prelude, with its serene harmonic pacing, reveals an almost Schubertian sublime beauty, and the magical counterpoint of the five-part fugue emerges crystal-clear. The challenge for the players, as well as the pleasure, lies in ensemble achievements, not technical difficulties in individual parts. Click to preview p1 of the score for Bach's Prelude and Fugue for strings.
Score, 6 pages; Parts, 2 pages each, for Violin I, Violin 2, Viola 1, Viola 2, and Cello
with an alternate part for Cello in place of Viola 2; Total, 20 pages.