Canal March

Preludes and fugues: Bach and Shostakovich

Miguel Ituarte, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier. Book I. Preludes and fugues Nos. 1, 15 and 24. Dimitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and fugues Op. 87, Nos. 3 and 4

At age 15, Dimitri Shostakovich already knew The Well-Tempered Clavier by heart. Thus, it is not surprising that, in 1950, after a trip to Leipzig, he decided to compose a piano cycle inspired by Bach’s work. In this video, Miguel Ituarte performs pairs of preludes and fugues by Bach and Shostakovich in alternation, demonstrating the similarities between both collections.

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