Throwback Thursday: “Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major,” J.S. Bach


These two pieces together sound like three friends going on a road trip.  The Prelude is all of them excitedly discussing where they want to go.  Some voices are heard more than others at which point they start getting into a minor (ha ha…hm) disagreements that are quickly resolved amicably.  The Fugue is the trip itself.  Friend One gets in his car and drives to Friend Two’s house, picks up Friend Two at 1:10, then they pick up Friend Three (who’s gone and gotten them all coffee) at 1:15.  These friends then tootle on their way.  There’s a bit of backseat driving after they take a wrong turn (1:34), but they finally get to their destination (2:27) and happily natter on about how great it is for a while until it gets dark (2:47) and they turn for home.

At least, that’s what it sounds like to me.


One thought on “Throwback Thursday: “Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major,” J.S. Bach

  1. clark baxter

    Actually, the 3rd guy had to dig around his dresser drawer for a pair of binoculars. He’s a birder and he sees a car trip of any duration as an opportunity to add to his life list. Coffee would have been a nice gesture, but you know how birders are. Otherwise your description is pretty nearly exactly what’s going on. Good job. And thanks for starting my day with Glenn Gould

    Beloved F

    Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:02:19 +0000 To:

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