Ariadne Musica (Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand)

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Fugues

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Preludes

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

20 Preludes and Fugues

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General Information

Work Title Ariadne Musica
Alternative. Title
Composer Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 25 pieces
  • 20 Preludes and Fugues
1. Prelude & Fugue in C major
2. Prelude & Fugue in C minor
3. Prelude & Fugue in D minor
4. Prelude & Fugue in D major
5. Prelude & Fugue in E major
6. Prelude & Fugue in E Phrygian
7. Prelude & Fugue in E Dorian
8. Prelude & Fugue in E major
9. Prelude & Fugue in F minor
10. Prelude & Fugue in F major
11. Prelude & Fugue in F minor
12. Prelude & Fugue in G minor
13. Prelude & Fugue in G major
14. Prelude & Fugue in A major
15. Prelude & Fugue in A minor
16. Prelude & Fugue in A major
17. Prelude & Fugue in B major
18. Prelude & Fugue in B minor
19. Prelude & Fugue in B major
20. Prelude & Fugue in C minor
  • 5 Ricercars on chorale melodies, each connected with a specific liturgical season
21. Ricercar pro Tempore Adventus (on Ave Maria klare, C major)
22. Ricercar pro Festis Natalytis (on Der Tag der ist so freudenreich, C major)
23. Ricercar pro Tempore Quadragesimae (on Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, A minor)
24. Ricercar pro Festis Paschalibus (on Christ ist erstanden, D minor)
25. Ricercar pro Festis Pentecostalibus (on Komm, heiliger Geist, F major)
First Publication. 1702 - Schlackenwerth
1713 - Wien: Adam Damer
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Organ

Misc. Comments

Ariadne musica is a collection of organ music by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, first published in 1702. The main part of the collection is a cycle of 20 preludes and fugues in different keys, so Ariadne musica is considered an important precursor to J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, which has a similar structure.

The title refers to the Greek myth in which Theseus is able to find his way out of Minotaur's labyrinth using a ball of thread Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, gave him. Similarly, the music in the collection can be said to guide the listener through a labyrinth of keys. Fischer also used Greek mythology to name the pieces in another large scale music collection of his, Musikalischer Parnassus.

The first edition of Ariadne musica was made in 1702 in Schlackenwerth. The work was reprinted several times during Fischer's life. The original print mentioned by Johann Gottfried Walther in Musicalisches Lexicon is now lost, but a manuscript copy survives.

Recordings not listed in the Amazon section above:

  • Serge Schoonbroodt, "Complete Organ Works" of Fischer, Aeolus AE-10321 (2002), in meantone temperament
  • Bradley Lehman, "A Joy Forever: Opus 41 at Goshen College", LaripS 1002 (2006), in Bach/Lehman temperament