JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Die Kunst der Fuge
The Art of Fugue
Petermandl was born in 1933 in Linz in Upper Austria where he also concluded his education with the university entry examination. He completed his piano studies at the former Academy (University today) of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Bruno Seidlhofer. In 1958 he received the Bösendorfer Prize in the piano competition of the same name.
Contrary to traditional history, Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” was not created shortly before the death of the composer. The history of the work’s creation actually goes back to the middle of the 1730s. The “Art of the Fugue” appeared in print soon after Bach’s death in the original score, for which reason the music has generally been considered “abstract” to this day, in which tonal realisation possibly isn’t strived for. But it is considered proved today that the work was written for the cembalo or even for the early pianoforte. Hans Petermandl plays this great - and for many listeners still to be discovered peak work of contrapuntal combinations - on the piano.
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|Release Period||February 2006|