December 16, 2017

DUO Stephanie & Saar: The Art of Fugue at Lewis & Clark

DUO Stephanie and Saar, pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia, return to Lewis & Clark to perform the complete The Art of Fugue by Bach. Bach never specified the instrumentation for The Art of Fugue. For this performance of the work, DUO Stephanie and Saar will play the fugues in piano four-hand versions and the canons as solo piano works.

The duo’s double CD set of the work, their third release on New Focus Recordings, is the first ever complete piano duo recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s enigmatic final work. The album has been receiving unanimous international acclaim since its June 2017 release.

Dated 1748, scholars have understood 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 work’s mythology and cult status.

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: $10 General Admission

Lewis & Clark College Music Department

Agnes Flanagan Chapel
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219

November 8th, 2017 at 7:30pm