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Praeludium, Fugue, and Allegro in E6, BVW 998

Pla­ce and date: Leip­zig, early to mid-1740s.

Sole sour­ce: Tok­yo, Ueno‑Gakuen Music Aca­demy (auto­graph).

Edi­tions: BG 45, NBA V/10.

Move­ments: Pre­lu­de – Fugue – Allegro

The title Pre­lu­de, Fugue, and Alle­gro, for BWV 998, was not left by Bach him­self, he merely labe­led the first move­ment Pre­lu­de pour la Luth. o Cem­bal. Like BWV 997 the work could be vie­wed as a sort of church sona­ta, although lac­king a slow move­ment after the fugue.

The pre­lu­de is simi­lar in meter, form, and tex­tu­re to the pre­lu­de in the same key in WTC2. The fugue is in Da Capo form; as in BWV 997, only the B sec­tion con­tains free figu­ra­tion. The alle­gro, a lar­ge binary form, opens with the same ges­tu­re as the gigue of the ear­lier lute sui­te BWV 996. It sha­res that pie­ce’s per­pe­tual motion in six­teenths but ins­tead of chro­ma­ti­cism and coun­ter­point offers galant flui­dity and sim­pli­city of texture.