“ Their (DUO Stephanie and Saar) wide ranging repertoire and intellectual curiosity is extraordinary” – Musical America
DUO Stephanie & Saar’s upcoming release on New Focus Recordings, The Art of Fugue, is the
first ever complete piano duo recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s enigmatic final work.
For this special CD release concert, the New York based and Peabody trained international
piano duo will perform the work live at An die Musik.
Dated 1748, some scholars see The Art of Fugue as an academic endeavor by an aging master
paying tribute to the fugue, which was by then falling out of fashion. Others consider the work
as a sort of “Da Vinci Code” of numerology, puzzles and musical coding. The mystery of
Contrapunctus 14, notable for both the inclusion of Bach’s name as a theme and for its
unfinished state adds to the mythology and cult status that surrounds the work.
Bach found fugues to be a source of endless creativity. The Art of Fugue, a collection of
fourteen fugues and four canons, is an exploration of the full spectrum of contrapuntal
possibilities, all derived from one monolithic theme in D minor. From a purely technical
standpoint, Bach’s compositional prowess is in full display as he employs inversion, retrograde,
augmentation, diminution, multiple fugue subjects, mirroring and canonic writing - all while
creating an intense and emotionally gripping musical experience.
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time student with ID