Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in B major - (2008)    

for organ


 

Alongside four other preludes and fugues for a single keyboard and single stop, as inspired by sound samples from Jiri Zurek's Virtual Pipe Organ Project  the Czech Republic, named Sonus Paradisi, this small work enjoys another facet of the simple speech and sweet sonority of the Gedeckt stop -- also known as Kryt and Copula. More information on this and about the Czech organ projects can be found on the web page for Prelude and Fugue in D major.

 

This particular stop has been recorded from the church at Zlata Koruna; this prelude and fugue are yet another work as a keyboard piece without pedal. The prelude is a gentle chorale in four voices.

 

 

The fugue subject is in the same meter, at a slightly quicker tempo and increasingly wide leaps through its simple, three measure long statement. The answer comes in direct segue and the counterpoint of the fugue is a simple two voices invention.

 

Jiri Zurek at the console, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

 

The entire work is here, , an MP3 file [ 2.89 MB, 3' 10" ]

 

The score for Prelude and Fugue in B major 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 organ score.

 

Prelude and Fugue in B major