Waltz Fugue around C major - (2017)   

for piano


 The notion of the preposition "in" when referring to keys and harmonic domains is interesting, as a common practice and yet what does this preposition signify?


A bounded arena of some few related keys or harmonic domains from the common practice is usual, to be certain. As chromatic writing broadened the boundaries and relationships, and then various, modern stances sought to "liberate" notes from other notes -- a peculiar borrowing from political thought -- the notion of composing a contrapuntal work in "waltz" time came to mind, rushing through all the harmonic domains, such that most of this work is "away" from C major, as one preposition might state, or "around" the tonic which functions rarely as tonic in the traditional sense.


So much of musical thought works well outside -- another preposition -- the domain of language. This seems especially true, reflecting on how little language is involved in thinking musically to be "around" so many harmonic domains in a few minutes time, intended to be enjoyed "expressively and with good humor." As to the first relationships, the initial tonic and dominant slip to the mediant and its relative dominant, per the fugue subject. Thereafter and through some polytonal fun, all the harmonic domains are visited.




4 pages, circa 3' 15" - 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.


Waltz Fugue around C major