Humoresque and Fugue in C sharp minor - (2012)
An introduction highlights the raised sixth and lowered second in the minor tonic, alongside triadic movement and chromatic runs. The theme stated at measure nine is a jaunty echo of a Puccini melody (as well as gestural colors found in Ravel and other composers of that era) and texture expanded in length and a larger harmonic palette. Bridge material breaks the texture, preparing a reprise to the theme.
The fugue subject insists on that raised sixth, now the head motive of the subject. Moving through a number of related tonal regions, the fugue also incorporates elements from the humoresque in an episodic fashion. The final cadence of empty octaves is prepared as the run down lands momentarily on the lowered second, tongue firmly in cheek.
4 pages, circa 3' 50" - 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 score.
Humoresque and Fugue in C sharp minor