Prelude and Fugue in A major - (2011)
Reaching down for the lowest note on most pianos, excluding the most unusual
"Imperial" concert grand pianos, this prelude begins with such pianistic
thunder. The phrases then weaken dynamically into cadences, before taking up
the theme again. Some non-harmonic parallelism spices up the tonal colors,
as in the fugue to follow.
fugue subject amends the prelude's meter, adding another eighth. The light
syncopation which the 7/8 offers allows the theme to dance, mostly in
groupings of 2+2+2+1. Subsequent entries of the theme occur in a number of
related tonal regions, and across the range of the instrument.
pages, circa 3' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
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.
Prelude and Fugue in A major