For centuries, generations of the Bach family had been musicians. Johann
Sebastian Bach was the greatest talent of the family. His vocal music was
written mostly for the Lutheran church using the tunes of familiar hymns as
his inspiration. He was also an expert at writing a fugue—a musical
design in which one voice states an idea and other “voices” enter
imitating the first idea. In “Little Fugue in G minor”, written for the
pipe organ, you’ll hear the opening idea enter four times starting at a high
pitch with each entrance coming in a little lower.