Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

On Contrapunctus VIII - (2012)    

an essay for piano


 

The interesting fugue subject for the eighth is introduced by the quote B-A-C-H in the bass line, first of longer duration and then in a short gesture at the double bar. The fugue subject is stated in octaves at the outset with one interior voice. The answer which follows adds parallel triads as a new texture, and then various statements follow in several registers of the piano. At a number of instances, additional quotes of B-A-C-H are included in the counterpoint at the original pitch or in transposition. A final statement brings this essay to a close with the major third as answer to the more complex, chromatic counterpoint of the work.

 

 

3 pages, circa 3' 50" - 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.

 

On Contrapunctus VIII