Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Swingtime and Fugue in E minor - (2011)    

for piano


 

A deliberate slow tempo emphasizes the syncopations, especially as marked as stressed or secco. The raised sixth in the minor tonic lends its blues feeling to the tone of the work, and small interruptions to this with parallel and simple triadic harmony as at measure 8 break the mood slightly.

 

 

The fugue subject is accompanied, and then that accompaniment is elaborated though in two-voice textures in the answer in the dominant. Quotes from the "swingtime" find their way into the fugue to unify the two parts.

 

The score is 4 pages, with an approximate performance time of 3' 30."  

 

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.

 

Swingtime and Fugue in E minor