Bach – Ricercar a 6 – Music Animation

July 27, 2014


Six-voice ricercar from J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering, BWV 1079

Q: What is a ricercar?
A: See:

Q: Is this the most significant piano work of the last millennium?
A: At least one person thinks so:…

Q: What instrument is that?
A: It’s two instruments, actually: a harpsichord and an organ. The harpsichord is Atema’s “Pristine Harpsichord” (with all stops on); the organ is two Ahlborn-Galanti Archiv modules, using the following stops (in order from the top voice):
Prinzipal 8′
Cor Anglais 8′
Quintade 8′
Flauto Mirabilis 8′
Prinzipal 8′ + Gedackt 8′
Ophicleide 16′ (up an octave so that it’s at pitch)

Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this?
A: Here is Bach’s autograph ……
… and here is a modern version …