This first week you’ll be listening to a Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major by J. S. Bach, from the Well Tempered Clavier Book 1. This is music from the Baroque Period (1600-1750) and one of the characteristics of music from this period is that it is written in a polyphonic- many voices- style. This will be especially evident in the Fugue which has four voices. See if you can hear the entrance of all four of them. Another characteristic of Baroque music is its “perpetual” motion feel. Once the piece begins it is propelled forward from measure to measure not stopping until the very end. The performer is Andras Schiff, one of the best interpreters of Baroque Music, and his interpretation of this prelude and fugue is stellar. Happy listening!