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A Fugue for the Fun of It

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A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby Grawnque » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:31 pm

I thought I'd try my hand at a fugue this time. I was thinking of titling it Fugue in G... and D... and A... and B... and F#, but that seemed a bit much. I settled for Tocatta and Fugue for Organ. At least, it'll be for organ if the organist at church wants to play it, but since Notion3 doesn't have an organ, it'll have to be done on a technosynth. Where's Walter/Wendy Carlos when we need him/her!

Not a lot of ponderous darkness here, I have it listed as being Appropriate for celebrations, holidays, cheerfully good weather, or anytime the organist is just feeling frisky.

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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby achambily » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:51 am

oh dear, this is not a fugue ;)

P.S. Toccata with 2 C and one T ;)
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby Grawnque » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:49 am

Er... It's not? Then what is it?
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby pcartwright » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:33 am

I'm not really sure what the piece would be considered (if anything other than a piece - though, it is unique - thanks for sharing). A fugue is defined by several finite rules: you must have a subject that is expanded and defined by answers, counter-subjects, periods, etc. Here's a pretty decent summary of what makes a fugue (http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/tas3/fugueanatomy.html).
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby achambily » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:03 pm

Grawnque wrote:Er... It's not? Then what is it?

It's what you want, but not a fugue ;) The minimum should be a subject with the answer to the fifth. The link given by pcartwright is pretty good.
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby Grawnque » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:15 pm

I think the problem might be that unlike JS Bach and some of the others who knew more about this sort of thing than I ever will, I didn't make any separation between the toccata and the fugue, and I deliberately made the principle themes to each of them rather similar so that one would slide right into the other smoothly. Perhaps that was a mistake.

The Fugue itself begins at [A] - Bar 53, and after bouncing about between G and D (a fifth apart, the last time I checked), I inverted the theme at [C] - Bar 118 - and did it the further indignity of doing it in minor keys for a bit.

Ah well... At least it was indeed what I wanted. But I am reminded of two quotes, one from Mendelssohn (I think, but I could be wrong):

A fugue is a piece of music in which the theme goes around and around until if finally chases the listener out of the room.

And one by Mark Twain, after a trip to Europe, where he'd heard Wagner's music:

It's not as bad as it sounds.

Thank you for your patience, one and all.
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby achambily » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:28 pm

Thanks for sharing :)
So, it's my go to share with you a fugue of mine (in the classical style with stretto, pedal and so on !)
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby pcartwright » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:18 am

Very nice, achambily. I particularly like the section in Bb. I haven't written a fugue (or any counterpoint exercises for that matter) in years. I'll have to give it a go and post.
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Re: A Fugue for the Fun of It

Postby Grawnque » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:01 am

I like it! I thought I'd gotten clever by slipping in a neapolitan sixth, but I'll tip my had to you on this one! I'm really glad I don't base my ego on such things - I get to enjoy the good stuff coming from everybody else! And if I've managed to start something, with lots more fugues showing up... GOOD!!!

Much appreciated, Achimbily, and I plan on listening to it in more detail what I get the chance. And Pcartwright: the ball's in your court!
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