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Claude Charlier, Bach in Colour

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Claude Charlier is an organist born in Godarville in Belgium. He studied the organ at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons under Marcel Druart, and then spent two years taking Charles Koenig’s private harpsichord classes.​

He won a prize awarded by the Fondation Belge de la Vocation (Belgian Vocation Foundation) for music in 1971. 

He was awarded a degree in musicology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1977, and later on did a doctorate in philosophy and literature, with musicology as his optional subject, at the same institution in 1990, under the title of: Polythematism and formal structure in the Art of the Fugue, with which he developed his interest in Baroque music and, more specifically, in Johann Sebastian Bach’s fugues, which he has performed many times over the course of his career as an organist. 

His dissertation was awarded a prize by the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Belgium in 1994.

In 2009, he embarked upon publishing a series of scores, with full analytical colouring, entitled: Bach in Colour.  

Claude Charlier, defends here a polythematic conception of Bach’s work, related to the final development of his musical legacy : the triple fugue in The Art of Fugue.

Claude Charlier's English publications

J.- S. Bach In Colour : The Well-Tempered Clavier I, BWV 846-869. A coloured edition, analysed and defended according to the criteria that were in use during the eighteenth century. Structural analysis.

J.- S. Bach In Colour : The Well-Tempered Clavier II, BWV 870-893. A coloured edition, analysed and defended according to the criteria that were in use during the eighteenth century. Structural analysis.

The Inventions BWV 772 - 786. « Bach en couleur », Éditions Jacquart, Godarville, juin 2009 (commentaires en français et en anglais.

Sinfonias BWV 787 - 801, a coloured Edition, analysed and defended according to the criteria that were in use during the eighteenth century. Structural analysis by Claude Charlier, BEC 2017.

The Art of the Fugue (BWV 1080), Transcription of the Four-Part Counterpoints using treble and bass Clefs, for the organ, by Claude Charlier.

The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080), Transcriptions of the Conterpoints for two Pianos or Piano four hands, by Claude Chartier.

The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080), Transcription of the four-part Counterpoints, using treble and bass clefs, "For the mind and for the eyes". Structural analysis. Éditions Bach en Couleur 2018.

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