The Musical Offering by Johann Sebastian Bach

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'''''The Musical Offering''''' (German title: ''Musikalisches Opfer'' or ''Das Musikalische Opfer''), BWV 1079, is a collection of keyboard canons and fugues and other pieces of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, all based on a single musical theme given to him by Frederick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia), to whom they are dedicated. The ''Ricercar a 6'', a six-voice fugue which is the highpoint of the entire work, was put forward by the musicologist Charles Rosen as the most significant piano composition in history (partly because it is one of the first).[http://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/18/magazine/best-piano-composition-six-parts-genius.html ''New York Times article by Charles Rosen''] This ricercar is also occasionally called the ''Prussian'' Fugue, a name used by Bach himself.

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