Verses and Circular Fugue
vibraphone, piano, harp and violins
subdued opening in C major introduces the "motor" in the vibraphone, which
becomes one of the verses in the form to follow. A flurry of gestures from
the violins follows, leading to the verses for each instrument.
verses are of different durations for each instrument and marked with boxed
numbers for ease of reading: vibraphone in four-measure spans as the
underlying sostenuto which repeat 14 times before the tonic cadence,
piano in in longer phrases repeating 11 times, the harp's verse repeats 7
times, the 1st violin in long lines repeats but 4, while the 2nd violin
repeats 7 times. For this the musical texture continues while the actual
content subtly shifts.
circular fugue modulates through the circle of fifths, downward first into
the flat key regions. The whole circle is represented: C-F-B flat-E flat,
A-flat, D-flat, G-flat, C-flat (spelled in some instruments in the sharp key
of B), E, A, D, G, and finally C. In each tonal region, several repetitions
of the subject first introduced appear in canons, With developing
counterpoint the textures change as the tonal regions pass by, with the
return to the tonic C major occasioning a short revisit to the opening of
the work and a final, forte stretto before concluding brightly.
MP3 file, circa 9' 30" -
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below for this score without parts (18 pages).
Verse and Circular Fugue
Vibraphone, piano, harp, 1st violin, 2nd violin parts