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J.K.F.Fischer Keyboard Music

Fischer (c1670-1746) wrote a series of 20 simple preludes and fugues for organ called "Ariadne Musica". Ariadne's thread enabled Theseus to escape from the labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur, and this collection leads the player through the "labyrinth" of the keys. He also wrote suites, other fugues, and works for organ.The pieces are nowhere near as complex as those of Bach, but some of them work well on the piano. Fischer at his best is interesting and melodious and he's especially good at descending progressions. He was Kappelmeister at Baden.

THE PIECES (as played on the piano)

KEYBOARD PIECES FOR CEMBALO / ORGAN (Schott 2479)
ed. Doflein:

PRELUDE,F
Descending chord progressions, gentle discords / suspensions; reminded me of the E minor prelude of Chopin. Very effective.

6 FUGUES IN F
Disappointing. They are too short to be very worthwhile. Some are only 9 or 10 bars in length. They start to become interesting and then stop. If only the cacophanists (that curious footnote in musical history) had done the same.

PRELUDE & FUGUE, Eb
Pleasant, melodious, unpretentious and too short. (15 bars + 11 bars).

PRELUDE & FUGUE, Em
Not so good as the preceding pair.

SUITE, D, 1696
Schott 34390. Prelude: Dull, arpeggiated nonsense spoils this movement. Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue: good.

SUITE, D, 1738
Schott 34390. Prelude: this time the arpeggiated figures use Fischer's favourite sequences and suspensions, which work well. Allemande, Courante, Balet Anglois - good. Minuet - very commonplace. Gigue- OK.

SUITE, Am, 1696
I found this suite in Alfred Einstein's "Short History of Music". It is Fischer at his best; restful, melodious and beautiful, and showing his skilful use descending figures. The 12/8 prelude begins with a tranquil A minor arpeggio and develops slowly. It's followed by a Passacaille which matches the prelude exactly in mood; then there's a Bouree and finally a very effective minuet, full of rhythm and life. Willi Apel in his "History of Keyboard Music to 1700" singles out the prelude for special praise, but on the piano the minuet is even better, lending itself to more ornamentation on the repeat. For example, a scale run from E to the E above in the rh on the last 2 beats of bar 27, in semiquavers (29 being the final bar) is most effective.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website

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