Rag and Fugue in G major - (2007)
for David See
This light-hearted theme, beginning at measure 4, begins on the major
seventh of the diatonic scale. Continued reference to this scale member
continues through the rag, a particularly American form, and subsequent
fugue. The theme is a four-measure phrase of two repeating gestures over a
simple bass line which descends only to return to the tonic, and an extended
"answer" of a mere two measures which simply continues the motive into the
next measure. F sharp to E, the beginning and ending notes of the motive,
are also the bass lines two non-tonic elements, such that there is
relatively little "material" therein.
The restatement of the first section at measure 20 decorates the motive with
triplets filling the descending fourth.
The fugue subject at measure 87 -- the simple motive -- is stated with a
contrasting single note counterpoint filling in the "missing" eighth note
with its non-syncopated syncopation against the motive. At measure 98, the
traditional second statement of the fugue subject is in the expected
The finale to the fugue brings a false restatement of the motive, now begun
on G, following that on A and then on B, with the restatement in the tonic
-- with the motivic F sharp -- awaiting the elongated restatement at measure
168 in triadic harmony, then again in the bass at measure 172 with a final
elongation to the quarter note triplet at measure 178.
David See is adjunct professor of composition and staff accompanist at
Middle Tennessee State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in
Composition in 1979 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and spent ten
years in New York City as a free-lance musician. Residing in Johnson City TN
from 1989-2005, he worked variously as collaborative pianist, organist,
electric keyboardist and composer/arranger, taught piano at Suzuki Talent
Education of Appalachia in Kingsport, Tennessee, and was principal
keyboardist with the Symphony of the Mountains. See wrote the background
music for the "Don't Touch That Dial!" Radio Theater presentations on
WETS-FM Public Radio from 1993-96. His Piano Concerto was premiered
by the Symphony of the Mountains (formerly Kingsport Symphony Orchestra) in
2001. Other recent compositions are Theme and Variations for cello
and piano, Fresh Suite for Saxophone Quartet, and West End Waltzes.
The score for Rag and Fugue in G 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 major