Two Seven Flat Fugues - (2015)
Over breakfast, a topic of conversation was the seeming bias many players
have for the key signatures with seven accidentals. Some favor sharps and
others flats, and the musing was that while some bias has to do with
tunings, such as strings for violins, violas and celli as against the older
viols, other biases may be psychological in nature. Of course, C flat and B
major are kin, one with seven and the other with five accidentals and
thereby explaining one difference in preferences (C sharp and D flat the
parallel enharmonic and differing number of accidentals in the signature).
But others have to do with the tuning of winds versus strings, as with harp
versus piano. A flat minor is not as unusual, with Puccini's use as an
example. This quiet fugue in seven flats is also in seven quarters -- 7/4
time -- as a composer's amusement, perhaps.
The C flat major fugue opens with a clear outline of the tonic, washing away
the A flat minor which preceded. The instances of the fugue and its
inversion are easily followed for the "square" nature of the subject, though
there is some harmonic dalliance in its progress.
pages, circa 8' 00" - 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
Two Seven Flat Fugues