Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in C major - (1997)    

for piano


 

The prelude is meant to be blurred with the sostenuto pedal, blending the arpeggios of the right hand with melodic contour of the left. The tempo is left to the virtuosity of the pianist, to find the suitable tempo for these gestures.

 

 

The prelude ends with an emphasis on its diatonically polytonality, yet firmly in C major. The fugue subject is quixotic, a reinterpretation of one of Bach's fugue rhythms from the Well-Tempered Clavier - modified into a new melodic shape and allowed to wander harmonically unlike its model. While the bridge gestures move into distant tonal regions, the fugue too is rooted firmly in C major.

 

[ 5 pages, circa 3' 25" ]

 

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 solo piano score.

 

Prelude and Fugue in C major