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Unformatted text preview: Musical aim: to move the passions. J.S. Bach, Contrapunctus 1 (The Art of Fugue, 1749, public. 1951) Fugue : Systematic imitative polyphony Polyphony : has 2 or more equally important melodic lines, heard at the same time; each line imitates the previous one. How to compose a fugue: 1. The composer should invent a melodic motion (fugue subject capable of arousing an emotion (passion). 2. Continue this motion (in imitative polyphony) until the mind of the listener is saturated with the feeling and has been reached from all sides. J.S. Bach, Choral fugue from Cantata #80 (1715/1744): based on Martin Luthers melody, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Ornament Richness, exuberance Magnificence Religious faith and respect for human intellect. Baroque principle: formal musical elaboration creates emotional expression....
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