Moderato and Fugue in G major - (2021)
for Raymond Hughes
On a road trip from California to South Carolina, my wife and I stayed overnight in Thomasville, Georgia, at the home of Raymond Hughes. Among his many musical accomplishment, he had served as assistant director for the chorus at the Staasoper in Berlin for several season, and had been our guest for good times, food and drink at our home there. Marilyn and he had much reminiscing to do, and so I mulled over the major seventh as interval and the major seven chord as functional parts in a work. This theme, which I played on his Chickering baby grand, is the head motive for the fugue, and the simple parallel seven chords finish our the related themes.
The short fugue begins with the leap of a major seventh, and the remainder make sure the context in which it functions. The answer is usually in its expected domain, and a 'bravura' coda ends the work for the fun of it.
9 pages, circa 8' 30" 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.
Moderato and Fugue in G major
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