Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in G major - (2011)   

for piano


 

The leading tone reaching for its upper neighbor tonic has been among the driving tendencies of the centuries termed the common practice era. To extend this tendency the written-out trill in the left hand is decorated by parallel triads, the whole being a four- or five-note Klang which plays out further in the prelude, as in the fugue to follow.

 

 

The fugue subject includes both the tonic and dominant leading tones in a dance-like theme. The arch rises and falls to cadence in the tonic, before the answer is stated in the dominant. Often fugue subjects have extended tails to modulate from region to tonal region, while here the short two sixteenths at the end of measure 121 simply drop the listener into the new domain. Parallel triads make up the texture of the counterpoint against the fugue subject throughout.

 

5 pages, circa 4' 15" - 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 G major