The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach


'''''The Art of Fugue''''' (or '''''The Art of the Fugue'''''; ), BWV 1080, is an incomplete work of unspecified instrumentation by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Written in the last decade of his life, ''The Art of Fugue'' is the culmination of Bach's experimentation with monothematic instrumental works. It consists of 14 fugues and 4 canons, each using some variation of a single principal subject, and generally ordered to increase in complexity.

"The governing idea of the work", as put by Bach specialist Christoph Wolff, "was an exploration in depth of the contrapuntal possibilities inherent in a single musical subject."''Johann Sebastian Bach, the Learned Musician'' by Christoph Wolff, p. 433, ISBN 0-393-04825-X.