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Feb. 3, 2019: Bach fugue, “BWV 549″

Today’s Music: Ann is concluding the service with a Bach fugue, “BWV 549.” Ever wonder what those cryptic initials stand for? The Bach-Werke-Verzeichnisis a catalog of Bach’s works. There are over 1,000 known compositions by J.S. Bach, and most of them are listed in this catalog, which was first published in 1950 and has been revised since. Identifying which compositions are by a composer can be very difficult, especially once the composer becomes famous, because then works are sometimes falsely attributed to him to take advantage of the fame. Similar catalogs have been made for Mozart (the Köchel catalog) and for Schubert (Deutsch). D. Boelzner