Fantasia and Fugue in C minor - (2019)
for Jonathan Scott
My wife sent me a link to a video of Jonathan Scott ( link to his web site ) playing E. H. Lemare's arrangement for organ of the overture to Tannhäuser, which I had sung during some decades as a working singer. Retired, I look back at the role and score with admiration, and this arrangement an performance by Scott also are admirable. The YouTube video may be reached directly here .
He and his brother will come to the Staatsoper unter den Linden for a concert and master class in harmonium while I am in Charleston. This is therefore a nod to him as to the Scott Brothers' duo. Viel Spaß!
The opening gesture is a simple minor scale extended into upper and lower voices and then variants as the material suggested itself to me while raking autumn leaves. The andante to follow breaks the mood, and then a contrapuntal fantasy combing elements and themes follows.
The fugue subject is stated in the natural minor, and then in the usual dominant, and thereafter also in then mediant, and then combines with itself in a variety of ways, the scalar passage of the opening gesture spread out into episodic materials.
8 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 organ score.
Fantasia and Fugue in C minor