Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in E major - (2008)    

for organ


 

This little prelude and fugue is akin to the early small works in my catalog, inspired by the sweet sound of a single stop -- the Gedeckt, or Kryt as it is termed in Czech. The samples comes from the church in Zlata Koruna, recorded by Jiri Zurek. One will hear the small variance in pipes and even occasional mechanical noise from the organ itself reproduced in these MP3 performances.

 

The prelude's structure is simple, an opening set of thirds followed by an arched arpeggio beneath a tied note, and then complimentary structures to follow.

 

 

Because the prelude drifts between a cadence on E major and its minor mediant, G sharp, the fugue subject emphasizes both tonal colors. Else the short fugue is classic in its answer rooted on the dominant.

 

The Virtual Pipe Organ Project offering historic "virtual" organs from the Czech Republic is named Sonus Paradisi, and sound samples which inspired this and other compositions may be found linked by clicking on the site name itself.

 

The entire work is here, , an MP3 file [ 2.1 MB, 2' 15" ]

 

The score for Prelude and Fugue in E 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 E major