Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Four Three Sharp Fugues - (2014)   

for piano


 

Like the previous set of fugues all within a single key signature but different domains, this set is organized on the signature with three sharps, major and minor.

 

The first in the harmonic minor is an energetic subject moving through the expected harmonic regions.

 

 

The second begins as a mensural canon, the base line under the more obvious fugue subject its elongation. A little stretto combines the subject in three time-varied statements taken together, octave transposition for the sake of the keyboard's expected limitations of reach and fingering.

 

 

The third leaves the minor for the major, the fugue subject head motive being a diatonic "row" of seven notes in order.

 

 

The fourth is a more complex form, with two subjects not quite a double fugue, but rather more like a small sonata allegro form with fugue-structured counterpoint.

 

 

9 pages, circa 12' 00" - an MP3 demo is here: 

 

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 piano score.

 

Four Three Sharp Fugues