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Model: The title refers to J. S. Bach's "Musical Offering." ("Das Musikalische Opfer"). "Opfer" can be translated as "offering," "sacrifice," or "sacrificial victim." The name of the last piece, "The Grossest Fugue," refers to Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge."

Like the "Musical Offering," this is a series of contrapuntal treatments of a single theme, featuring a fugue. The "Pizzicato Misterioso" theme has a certain resemblance to J. S. Bach's theme (attributed to Frederick the Great), starting with steps up the tonic minor chord.

  • Pieces referenced:
    • Pizzicato Misterioso (a silent film cue associated with villains or sneaking)
    • Mendelssohn, Spring Song