A simple step guide to writing an amazing fugue 7 February This is all thanks to our almost resident musicologist William Godfree.
I thought it might be interesting to see whether I could provide a simplified, illustrated guide to the art of fugue writing as I understand it.
There may be pedagogues here who know more about this subject than I do, and I welcome their input. I am simply hoping this will be helpful as a starting-off point for those interested in trying to understand the anatomy of a fugue and how it is constructed, along with a few examples of just some of the many advanced techniques one can employ in writing a fugue.
In looking for a subject that would be easy to hear in almost any texture, I chose an old French folk tune, Ah, vous dirais-je, maman. Mozart used it as a theme for a famous set of piano varations.
Almost everyone here will recognise it, either from that source, or as the English nursery tune Twinkle, Twinkle Little Staror as the classroom primer The Alphabet Song. Once the subject was chosen, I spent Sunday evening throwing together a fugue on it, annotating the score as I progressed.
I chose easily distinguishable instruments to serve as the "voices" of the fugue: Also attached is a PDF with errata - problems I ran into and mistakes I made, which you might find helpful in avoiding similar pitfalls yourself.
If you have any questions, please post them here, and I or another willing pedagogue will answer. I sincerely hope this is helpful.We are going to write a fugue right now.
Its a fun song. Gould recorded the first nine of fifteen fugues from Bach's great treatise on fugue composition, The Art of the Fugue in on the organ of All Saints's Church at Kingsway, Toronto which established him as somewhat of an expert in this area.
A counter-fugue is a fugue in which the first answer is presented as the subject in inversion (upside down), and the inverted subject continues to feature prominently throughout the fugue.
Examples include Contrapunctus V through Contrapunctus VII, from Bach's The Art of Fugue. Moved Permanently. Server. A fugue begins with the exposition of its subject in one of the voices alone in the tonic key. After the statement of the subject, a second voice enters and states the subject with the subject transposed to another key (usually the dominant or subdominant), which is known as the answer.
To make the music run smoothly, it may also have to be altered slightly. Whether a video is commercial or noncommercial, a writer approaches a video script the same way.
The idea is to bring the audio and the visuals together in such a way that it results in an entertaining or informative video.
What I love about "The Art of Fugue" by J.S. Bach is how much it touches me. Obviously I don't mean physically because this is not supposed to evoke direct emotion or mood like Classical or Romantic pieces; it's ABSOLUTE MUSIC.