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    Lieutenant Commander, Concertmaster Mahlon's Avatar
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    greatest organ piece ever made?

    Is the Art of Fugue not the greatest organ piece ever created. It's sheer magnitude and beauty, its complexity is utterly breathtaking, I cannot find another piece as poignant as the Art of Fugue

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    Well, I would like to hear this piece. I'm kinda new with Bach,Beethoven,
    and mozart.
    judy tooley

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    Well, it's not entirely certain what it was intended to be played upon (obviously a keyboard instrument of some description). The score is (mostly) in four staves with C clefs for the soprano, alto, tenor and F clef for the bass.

    But yes, I agree, it's a work of incredible depth and insight. I own several versions, my favourite is Helmut Walch played on the organ.

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    oh yes thats right, but I believe it is most commonly played on the organ, I guess that doesn't necessarily make it the correct instrument to play it on, but still a one hit wonder for that instrument! =) I will look up Helmut Walch, seems interesting
    "The purpose of art is not the momentary ejection of adrenaline but the gradual and lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."- Glenn Gould

    http://www.last.fm/music/Mahlon+Berv?autostart

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    Indeed, Helmut Walcha's perfomance of Die Kunst der Fuge is absolutely perfect.
    I have this on the DGG label (vinyl) ... impeccable recordings.
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    Krummiest - that Walcha (fortunately) has be re-released in a delightful CD boxed set ... it's one of my treasured "things".

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    Hi Contratrombone64,

    That's great to learn ... nice to see such great masters like Walcha being re-released so that many more people can enjoy his talent and the great organ music.
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