Voluntary, Elegy and Fugue in C
trumpets and organ
Rainer Auerbach gewidmet
work is scored for two trumpets in C and organ, with the organ part carrying
no suggestions for registration. Rather I leave this up to individual
players and the resources of those instruments they play. The range of the
trumpet parts is from g2-g4. The Voluntary is an
imitative structure, initially with the two trumpets imitating at the
measure over a running accompaniment in the organ. With successive sections,
sometimes there are three and four voices carrying the theme between
work, while noted "in C," moves harmonically far field. In the voluntary the
imitation moves through the region of A major and takes up again in G flat
major, before a return to the tonic.
Elegy, marked lento, is rooted on a repeating C pedal, the tonic
minor and other harmonic variants dominating as a break from the bright C
major of the voluntary.
harmonic pause on the subdominant major leads into the fugue, the subject
and first answer stated in the organ with interjections by the trumpets.
Thereupon the trumpets also join in, sometimes stating the fugue subject in
thirds and sometimes in imitative fashion at the measure. As with variants
in the tonal domains in the voluntary, here the fugue moves into E flat for
scalar, nine-note rising diatonic gesture in the organ acts as a quasi
cadenza to return the fugue to its tonic statement and final cadence. The
cadenza's notation suggests that the harmonic and metric rhythm are to be
broken herein, as the organist makes ritardando before the final a tempo.
pages plus parts, circa 10' 20" - an MP3 demo is here:
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Voluntary, Elegy and Fugue in C - 8½ x 11
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Voluntary, Elegy and Fugue in C - A4
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