Frédéric Chopin wrote his Fugue in A minor in between 1840 and 1841, though it was only published in 1898, nearly fifty years after his death. It is interesting to keep in mind that Chopin had asked for all his unpublished manuscripts to be burned after his death. As it frequently happens with posthumous works, this one doesn’t have an opus number, and it is usually developed by its Brown brochure number, B. 144.
Chopin is generally not thought of as composer with excellent contrapuntal skills, his lots of memorable melodies and unique consistencies obscuring his other significant stylistic characteristics. However he could, indeed, be a master of counterpoint when he picked. This A minor Fugue was his only fugue, and though it is an interesting, hardly inconsequential work, it is actually not agent of his skills in the contrapuntal realm. In other words, it does not sound like Chopin at all, however rather like updated Bach. The author was an admirer of Bach, in fact, and discovered his 48 Preludes and Fugues of tremendous value and enjoyment. Without doubt, Chopin fashioned this short piece after Bach and never ever attempted publication of it in his lifetime, apparently meaning the work as an exercise.
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It is a two-voice Fugue of rather easy structure, unfolding in little actions and disclosing little in the method of intricate development. It starts with four emphatic notes– the first 2 rising, the latter set descending– that control each repetition of the theme, while imparting a severity of spirit, entirely bereft of any psychological content. That observation needs to tip off Chopin mavens to that this is music rather atypical of the author. In the end then, one need to regard this piece as an alien foray by Chopin that produced fascinating however completely atypical stylistic outcomes.
|Name Translations:||Fuga para piano (Chopin); Fugue in A minor, B. 144; Fuga|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IFC 25|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1840/1841|