Swingtime and Fugue in B major - (2010)
Related to the falling chromatic theme of my Swingtime and Fugue in E major, this second look at the overall gesture generated essentially a variation on the underlying strategy, this time with a rising chromatic bass syncopated against the top voice. The chords built on diatonic fourths in parallel, melodic motion have been the stock-in-trade of jazz pianists for an extended era in popular music, and used as cadential features herein.
The fugue relies on the third's lower neighbor as melodic "blue" decoration, and the scheme for the form follows the standard tonic-dominant alteration. It is in two two-bar phrases with a syncopated "lick" passing off usually to the next voice's entrance.
The score is 5 pages, with an approximate performance time of 3' 45."
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.
Swingtime and Fugue in B major