Prelude and Fugue on C - (2012)
opening gestures include the raised fourth and flat sixth and seventh, yet
not in a consistent modal manner. Rather they function as thematic elements
with harmonic implications. The singing theme of the prelude occurs over the
repeated pattern as at measure 18 and beyond, the bass line driving the
harmonic implications "on C" first to an A7 chord and return to the tonic.
Thereafter the work moves to the subdominant in like manner to the first
sojourn on the sub-mediant "on C." The expected dominant acts as a pole star
to reset tonalities.
fugue expands the raised fourth which is stated at the beginning of the
prelude to thematic status, now an integral part of the subject, such that
the function of leading tone to the next statement is anticipated. As with
the prelude's momentary visit to the subdominant, the fugue also reaches
this additional tonal realm. Statements in augmentation are added by the
pedal line, bringing the fugue to a close with a final reprise of the head
motive in the right hand and a light-hearted last cadence.
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Prelude and Fugue on C