A collaboration between Early Music Vancouver, the Pacific Baroque Festival, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria.
FRETWORK AND BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE - SOLD OUT
Thursday October 31, 2019 at 12:15PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Chapel of the New Jerusalem
Pre-concert talk at 11:30AM
The brilliant players of Fretwork viol consort perform Bach's late, great masterwork. This hour-long concert will be performed without interval.
“Although J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue was written well after the sun had set on the age of the viol consort, we find that our ensemble thrives in this music, as a kind of single polyphonic organism. By assigning each line of counterpoint to a different instrument, the work’s brilliant structure becomes illuminated from within, without losing any of its cohesiveness. It is to date our highest selling recording and our favourite Bach programme.”
-- Richard Boothby
Johann Sebastian Bach
Die Kunst der Fuge
To view/download this programme, click here
“Fretwork remains the world’s leading viol consort” --The Independent
When Fretwork recorded the Art of Fugue in 2002, we made no attempt to complete the ﬁnal Contrapunctus, preferring to end our recording exactly how the manuscript ends, the music trailing off in dramatic fashion.
However, since then I have become increasingly dissatisﬁed with this approach and I have tried to ﬁnd a more ﬁtting conclusion to this great work. Reading more, it became clear that, despite C. P. E. Bach’s assertion on that last page of his father’s manuscript that his death interrupted the composition, in fact the work was written much earlier. Yet Christoph Wolff’s suggestion that there was a missing page, the notorious ‘fragment X’ didn’t quite convince me either, given the expanse of empty staves left by Bach after his last notes.
Then recently I read the doctoral thesis of New Zealand organist and scholar Indra Hughes, which suggests that Bach left the work unﬁnished on purpose, in order to encourage others to complete what he had surely done in his head.
Hughes didn’t attempt to complete the work himself, but made several speciﬁc suggestions as to how long the completion needed to be and what elements were needed to fulﬁl the requirements of such a completion. In particular, he seemed to have solved the problem of what was referred to in Bach’s obituary:
This is the last work of the author, which contains all sorts of counterpoints and canons, on a single principal subject. His last illness prevented him from completing his project of bringing the next-to-last fugue to completion and working out the last one, which was to contain four themes and to have been afterward inverted note for note in all four voices.
I have taken his suggestions and made one possible completion of the work.
PURCHASING TICKETS - SOLD OUT
Tickets for the Pacific Baroque Series concerts at the Cathedral can be purchased:
By calling the Ticket Rocket Box Office: 1.855.842.7575
At the Ticket Rocket Box Office (1050 Meares Street)
Or at the Cathedral Office (930 Burdett Avenue)
And at the following outlets:
Ivy’s Bookshop: 2188 Oak Bay Ave
Munro’s Books: 1108 Government St
GETTING TO CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
The Cathedral is located on Quadra Street at Rockland Avenue.
Street parking is available on Quadra Street, Burdett Avenue, and Rockland Avenue, as well as at the south entrance to the Cathedral off Burdett.