Prelude and Fugue in e minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Arranged for Flute Choir by Robert K. Webb
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
3 C Flutes
Bass Flute/Flute 4 (or Contrabass Flute) (String Bass or Cello)
Alto Flute (doubles Bass Flute)
The flute choir lends itself admirably to the organ works of J.S. Bach. With the use of the piccolo, alto and bass flutes, the choir can take on the aura of the organ with its various tone colors and stops. For this reason, the use of the alto and bass flutes are highly recommended in this arrangement if available. The alternate string bass part should also be utilized in performance to give the flute choir even more depth of color. In the Prelude, if desired, one piccolo may double the first flute.
The dynamics are marked in the score but careful attention to the recognition of the solo line is important. A full, rich sound with vibrato should open the Prelude making sure that the 3rd flutes are heard in measure 18. As each entry is made in the Fugue, be sure that it is the dominant part without being overbearing. After measure 64, the lower flutes take on the dominant role and recognition of this is critical for the flutes playing in the higher range.
Besides the joy that comes from performing Bach, the flute choir should gain musical skills in listening for balance in the total ensemble, good intonation, recognition of which melodic line is important to be heard by the audience, and the enhancement of counting skills in reading independent parts that must fit together as a total composition. – Robert K. Webb.