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What is Fugue?

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 01 May 2004

"What is 'Fugue'?!" Charles Hazlewood poses the question in the first of two programmes exploring this mysterious art. Charles and the BBC Concert Orchestra examine fugues by three composers who were inspired by the genius of fugue himself, JS Bach. Mozart, Elgar and Britten all used the technique to create their own masterpieces, years after Bach's death. The programme culminates in a performance of Britten's Prelude and Fugue for String Orchestra.

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Edward Elgar Introduction and Allegro for string orchestra (Op.47)

    Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio and fugue (K.546) in C minor vers. for string orchestra

    Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Prelude and fugue for 18-part string orchestra (Op.29)

    Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra


Charles Hazlewood
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