Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in A major - (2011)    

for piano


 

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.

 

 

The 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.

 

4 pages, circa 3' 30" - 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.

 

Prelude and Fugue in A major