Rag and Fugue in G flat major - (2008)
This, in a series of rags and fugues, is simply meant to be fun. According
to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz this form was originally termed
"ragged time," later corrupted to "ragtime." The gestures in the right hand
emphasize accents between rhythmic "beats." To that end, the right hand of
this rag is a set of simple oppositions
on the black keys.
As the theme of the rag emphasizes the black notes of the G-flat scale, so
then does the 6/8 fugue subject and its non-authentic answer. As the subject
and answer tumble over one another, there comes a moment in the fugue
wherein the subject and answer appear at the offset of the half-measure.
An MP3 demo is here, ,
[ 1.92 MB, 2' 05" ]
The score for Rag and Fugue in G flat 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 piano score.
Rag and Fugue in G flat major