Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor - (2012)    

for piano


 

A bravura opening scale states the familiar B-A-C-H theme, to remind us yet again of our master, Papa Bach. These four notes then inform the remainder of the prelude and fugue alike, in various guises in melody and harmony and through the clutter of many chromatic runs and gestures.

 

 

The fugue subject first appears as episodic material in the short prelude, now standing apart with a continuing arch back to the tonic and rush towards the dominant. A pell-mell rush to the final return to the tonic is broken by an aggressive ritardando and final unison stated in octaves.

 

 

4 pages, circa 2' 55" - 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 B flat minor