F.W. Marpurg (1718 † 1795) was a great admirer of Bach and one of the major leader of the musical life in Berlin during the second half of the XVIIIth century. He learnt the organ and the harpsichord, and in 1746 he went to Paris where he discovered Rameau’s music and the Encyclopedists. On the request of C.P.E. Bach, he wrote the foreword for the first edition of the Art of Fugue, and he dedicated his own Fugues and Capriccios to him (original title : Fughe e Capricci pel’ Clavicembalo ò per l’Organo).
Every piece is composed in a common key, easy to play, with no obliged pedal, with free registration. This set makes a remarquable compromise between the traditionnal German counterpoint and the new classical Viennese language.