This fugue does not seems to have an exposition. We prefer to consider it a collection of stretti using the subject of the Art of the Fugue with some small variations in original, inverted and tranformed by diminution.

This illustration shows the structure of Contrapunctus VI. Click any section for more information::

First Stretto

Stretto 1

Key of D Minor


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Second Stretto

Stretto 2

Key of A Minor


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Third Stretto

Stretto 3

Key of D Minor

This stretto is followed by the inverted subject in the tenor:

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Fourth Stretto

Stretto 4

Key of F Major


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Fifth and Sixth Stretto

Stretto 5

Key of D Minor

Stretto 6

Key of G Minor


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Measures 40 to 46

After an episode the alto presents the inverted and diminished subject in the key of B flat followed by another episode.


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Seventh Stretto

A double stretto followed by an episode.

Stretto 7

Key of D Minor


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Eight Stretto

Stretto 8

Key of D Minor


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Ninth Stretto

Stretto 9

Tenor in F major, soprano and alto in D minor.


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Tenth Stretto

Stretto 10

Key of G Minor.
The fugue ends with a D major chord but the subjects are in G minor.


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Tonal Structure

This is the harmonic structure of Contrapunctus VI:

  Key Subjects
Stretto 1 D Minor
Stretto 2 A Minor
Stretto 3 D Minor
Subject in the tenor F Major
Stretto 4 F Major
Stretto 5 D Minor
Stretto 6 G Minor
Subject in the alto Bb Major
Stretto 7 D Minor
Stretto 8 D Minor
Stretto 9 Tenor: F Major
Soprano and alto: D Minor
Stretto 10 G Minor
tonalidades

Complete Fugue


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