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His expressive intention is also seen in his choice of instruments. We speak here not of orchestration, but rather of the colors painted by instruments chosen following the theory of affects: that is, according to the conventions of the day by which particular instruments symbolized particular emotions. The use of period instruments today convinces us that these matchings and the composer’s choices are sound. Thus, according to Mattheson, the viola da gamba evokes tenderness and serious matters and is the ideal choice to give an impression of nocturnal mystery in Es ist vollbracht. The violas d’amore, again according to Mattheson, convey languishing tenderness, such as the dolorous joy evoked in the aria Betrachte,mein Seel (nº 31). Flutes are often used as funerary instruments, evoking the departure of the soul, the unknown, mercy, and serene joy. Oboes, when they are not being loud or vehement, as they are when they accompany the crowd scenes, are uneasy and moving. According to André Pirro, the oboe da caccia makes audible “rumors of grief and of the night with the pungent stubbornness of a tolling bell.” Listen, for example, to the arioso Mein Herz […] Was willt du deines Ortes tun? (no 34). Finally, the oboe d’amore evokes abandon and the “grief of compassionate friendship”, while the lute adds its gentle sound to the ethereal voices of the viola d’amore, as if not to rush them.
Both editions of the Art of Fugue are written in open score , where each voice is written on its own staff. This has led some to conclude  that the Art of Fugue was intended as an intellectual exercise, meant to be studied more than heard. The renowned keyboardist and musicologist Gustav Leonhardt ,  argued that the Art of Fugue was probably intended to be played on a keyboard instrument (and specifically the harpsichord).  Leonhardt's arguments included the following: 
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