jwp 122611Prelude 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. 

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.