Variations & Fugue on a Bach-Busoni Chorale Prelude for solo piano
Variations & Fugue on a Bach-Busoni Chorale Prelude is based on Ferruccio Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BWV 639 From Das Orgelbuchlein, Part III (1713-17), and is to be played without pause after that piece.
The several Busoni transcriptions of the the works of J.S. Bach constitute a musical “lens” through which the originals may be heard. The following variations and fugue take the process one step beyond, to another degree of separation, so to speak, where the elements of the piece are deconstructed further and reassembled, illuminating hidden corners and possibilities inherent in the music.