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To which composer(s) belong(s) your three favorite fugues?

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Bach of course: the Kyrie of the B minor Mass, the six part fugue from the Musical Offering, and Contrapunctus 3 from AoF. Not to mention the B flat major and minor fugues from WTC II, the B major and minor fugues from WTC I and on and on.
 

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I also like the Classical sense of drama Mozart displays in;

^notice how the section at 0:50 is different in feel from the one at 3:00

Missa longa K.262 - Et vitam venturi
^I think the dissonant strettos (18:11, 18:42) are wonderful

Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento K.243 - VIII. Pignus futurae gloriae:
^this is thought to be inspired by a Pignus double fugue by M. Haydn, just as K.339/iv was inspired by the Cum sanctis tuis from M. Haydn's C minor requiem. I really want M. Haydn's litanies recorded as I'm eager to know how good his are too.
hammeredklavier said:
"The sort of holy music that evokes nostalgia for the ancient past."
"The sort of outdated music that should belong to a museum."

both views are equally valid.
I'll go with option B for all the above.
 

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Sure, but I like how this has "gradations" in terms of mood changes and dynamics, btw:
(13:18, 13:24 and 14:34)
(5:32 and 7:15)
I'll still go with option B. The point is, hammered, these little oblique attacks on Bach can be used to absolutely nuke the composers and works you're continually advocating here. If Bach belongs in a museum, these would be in the basement.
 
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