Bagatelle and Little Fugue - (2011)
violoncello and piano
for Christopher Yo
long-lined lyricism of the bagatelle -- the first meaning of the word being
most apt, a "trifle" -- sings out in a 5/4 meter grouped most usually as
2+3. The simple harmonic structure of the accompaniment is deceptive as the
inner moving lines break the diatonic rise by steps across a long arching
phrase. The form is essentially three variants on the larger arch with an
episode as contrasting texture and harmonic movement.
fugue begins in the piano, with the cello punctuating with its pizzicato. At
the first answer in the dominant the cello takes up gestures from the
subject, and thereafter joins in the fugal texture and structure in earnest.
The harmonic wandering moves away from the tonic in order to establish it
anew later, with a final fugue statements given wholly to the cello.
Christopher Yo M.D., Ph.D. is a Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology,
Eye Physician, Surgeon and Chief of Ophthalmology Department, Kaiser
Permanente's Baldwin Park Medical Center. He performs LASIK in
southern California, and has proctored resident ophthalmologists at the USC
Doheny Eye Institute and local community eye surgeons in LASIK techniques.
He also presents his research in Laser Vision Correction in international
meetings frequently such as the ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and
Refractive Surgery). Among his admitted hobbies are martial, auto mechanics,
and played the cello for over 30 years. For his kindness to my brother this
year, I sketched this small appreciation.
pages in score, and a total duration of circa 5' 40"
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this
Bagatelle and Little Fugue