Tariq Harb Plays Fugue BWV 1001 by Bach

Canadian based guitarist Tariq Harb performs the Fugue from J. S. Bach’s first solo Violin Sonata, BWV 1001. This comes via his great YouTube channel. Audio and video by the amazing Drew Henderson. Tariq Harb teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is mainly using the violin score for this performance, which is pretty much the norm for guitarists now and that works nicely with the other movements if needed. A Jordanian-Canadian with Palestinian roots, Harb came to Canada to commence university studies and recently completed his DMA. CBC quoted his as “Canada’s next classical guitar superstar,” so we’ll lucky to have him here! You can learn more about him at his website.

A nice copy of the violin score is the urtext edition, or you can check out Koonce’s edition for guitar from the lute source (BWV1000) for ideas on bass/harmonic additions. Original violin in G minor, lute version in A minor. “Though the key signature of the manuscript suggests D minor, such was a notational convention in the Baroque period, and therefore does not necessarily imply that the piece is in the Dorian mode. The second movement, the fugue, would later be reworked for the organ (in the Prelude and Fugue, BWV 539) and the lute (Fugue, BWV 1000), with the latter being two bars longer than the violin version.” – wiki.


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