Revolutionary fugue : SATB choir with organ
by Lawrence Whiffin (1974, this version: 2008)
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Library shelf no. CD 2099 [Available for loan]
In the revised version, a single chord throughout forces the main interest onto other parameters. The main focus is on rhythmic counterpoint and the text consists only of different one-vowel syllables, each belonging to a particular group: sop, alto, ten or bass. The fugue subject is a rhythmic phrase recalling the motto sounded by car horns in Paris during the war in France and Algeria and the student riots in Paris 1968.
This fugue was first realised during the time I was employed as ‘sound effects man’ for Pathé Cinéma in Paris in 1974. Two tape recorders were used, one playing an unrelated choral piece dubbed onto the other. During the dubbing, new phrases resulted from “playing” the music rhythmically as the tape was lifted off and back on as it passed through the recording head. Other "voices" were then added creating contrapuntal imitations by the same method.
Year: 1974, this version: 2008
Instrumentation: SATB choir, organ.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Intonation no problem but singers must have a fair rhythmic capability.
- In the form/style of: Fugues
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