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The Art of the Fugue: Four Hands at the Piano

Bach’s imposing The Art of the Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge) is best known through recordings. It is seldom performed live, and many consider it a purely academic work, written to demonstrate the most complicated fugal techniques.

The Art of the Fugue is Bach’s last work, and he left no indication of his preferred instrumentation for the piece. It is usually performed on organ, seldom on piano.

Jon Gillock and Dean Kauffman will the piece with four hands on one piano and, at other times, on two pianos.

Gillock has earned international renown performing the sacred music for organ of Olivier Messiaen.

This is one of a series of performances across the United States of this piece by Gillock and Kauffman, which they are undertaking to honor John Cowell (1920–2007), their organ teacher at the University of Arkansas, who introduced the piece to them.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

Where: PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University

Cost: $10 suggested donation

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