(featuring soloists : harpsichordist Lionel Rogg & flautist Jean Claude Hermenjat. both backed by the Geneva Quartet, comprising : violinists Regis Plantevin & Mireille Mercanton ; violist Andre Vauquet ; and, cellist Francois Courvoisier)
“The Musical Offering”, containing some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s last and greatest utterances, owes its origins to a musical-oriented meeting between Bach and the King of Prussia, in May 1747. Frederick II (“The Great”) played an original theme on the pianoforte for Bach to improvise on, with the composer improvising so well, that not only “all assembled were filled with astonishment”, but Bach set down the beautiful theme on paper, as a regular fugue.
“The Musical Offering” that developed out of this theme, comprises two Fugues (- called “Ricercars” -), a Trio Sonata in four movements, and ten Canons. On the reverse sleeve, more detail is given on each part of the composition.
Side One : The Musical Offering, by J S Bach (beginning) :-
1) Ricercare a 3 BWV 1079/1
2) Canon perpetuus super Thema Regium BWV 1079/2
3) i) Canon a 2 BWV 1079/3A ii) a 2 Violini in unisono BWV 1079/3B iii) a 2 Per motum contrarium BWV 1079/3C iv) a 2 Per augmentationem, contrario motu BWV 1079/3D v) a 2 Per tonos BWV 1079/3E
4) Fuga Canonica in Epidapente BWV 1079/4
5) Ricercare a 6 BWV 1079/5.
Side Two : Musical Offering (conclusion) :-
1) Canon a 2 BWV 1079/6
2) Canon a 4 BWV 1079/7
Trio Sonata BWV 1079/8 :-
3) I Largo 4) II Allegro 5) III Andante 6) IV Allegro
7) Canon perpetuus BWV 1079/9.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX-/EX-.