Composition - - American Recorder Society
Barbara's Fugue
By Gary W. Meyer September 4, 20
This is a fun playable fugue written for Barbara Aslacson, a Minnesota Twin Cities recorder enthusiast. The fugue theme is used in two different keys causing some chord shifts as the voices move between d minor and a minor themes. A string quartet (using computer voices) are used for the audio.
-- Gary W. Meyer
Beautiful, flowing and approachable, this modern take on the fugue form is an easy play and the score is just two pages so parts aren’t even needed. The composer adds dynamics throughout, to illustrate when the parts advance and when they recede. It’s fun to see the various treatments of the opening interval of the fugue subject, sometimes it’s upside down, others it’s used in a sequence or at half/double speed. This short piece would be a great warm-up for your group, as it gets the brain engaged into playing an independent line, but not so demanding that it isn’t successful when sight-reading.
-- Glen Shannon
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Moderate
Occasion: Any
Libraries: New Music for Recorder
Date Added: 10/15/2019
Style: Social/Casual, Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic