Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund


Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major - (2010)    

for organ


The root of this concert work for organ is the half-step, B to C, within C major. The toccata offers several displays of solo pedal work marked a piacere, between sections of the movement itself. A quasi-rondo form, the thematic material of the manuals in the parallel movement of simple major triads, F to G to C and then to G again, underpinned by a moving pedal line.



The adagio opens with the B-C head motive as well, in a quiet relief from the bombast of the toccata.



The fioratura of the pedal breaks the mood of the adagio before stating the fugue subject at measure 271, again with the B-C half step. The fugue moves into the dominant (as at measure 284), subdominant and dominant minor regions before a final coda restating the head motive in its proper tonic major.


14 pages, circa 11' 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.


Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major