Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in F major - (2010)    

for organ


 

The prelude is a wash of bubbling sixteenth notes, under which a melody in the pedal spins out in several large arches, in which a filigree of trills provide musical pauses between these melodic lines. Among the pre-compositional notions was the hidden dissonance of diatonic sevenths as a part of the texture.

 

 

The fugue subject is also lightly flavored with hidden sevenths which flavor the countersubject's relationship to the subject. This was a lesson from the Baroque era in which voice leading, not harmonic rules alone, govern the lines and allow for more dissonance than might otherwise be expected "according to the rules." The sevenths are hidden, in that they are easily perceived as a part of the linearity of the themes.

 

6 pages, circa 3' 10" - 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 organ score.

 

Prelude and Fugue in F major