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Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer
(ca. 1665-1746)
Praeludium VIII
(from Blumen-Büschlein, Opus II )
Praeludium and Chaconne

Transcribed for Organ Solo by
Ennis Fruhauf

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Score available June 2021
Complimentary 16 page PDF Booklet
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Little is known of the life of Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer, who was born sometime between 1665 and 1670. He is presumed to have served as Hof-kapellmeister to Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm of Baden, a professional tie that existed throughout his career. He passed away in Rastatt in 1746. Notable in his compositional output are numerous works for solo keyboard, including his Ariadne Musicae, a cycle of miniature preludes and fugues known to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Fischer’s Praeludium VIII in G Major is exerpted from a collection of compositions for keyboard solo entitled Blumen–Büschlein, Opus II. The opening prelude is notable in its inclusion of a section written in block chords that bears the indication, “Harpeggiando per tutto con discrezione e senza riposar,” which has been offered here in a detailed realization that follows the spirit of his instructions. The ensuing chaconne is composed in the tradition of a basso ostinato: a simple bass line four measures in length is repeated in paired presentations, underpinning and imbuing each variation with its inherent melodic and harmonic structure. A telling contrast is introduced by a modulation to the parallel minor key. With the eventual return of the original G major tonic, additional movement and intensity is introduced by the contraction and repetition of the original theme, compacted from four measures to two. The chaconne concludes with a gentle return of the four-measure thematic structure heard in the beginning.

This musical gem offers a congenial addition to recital repertory with its charming sonorities, transparent textures and subtle variances applied to a formal ostinato structure. It does not pose difficult technical challenges and can be effective on larger or smaller instruments.


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