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Five-limit fugue (in 4 voices)

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Five-limit fugue (in 4 voices) : for string quartet / Ron Nagorcka

Also known as: If Bach wrote ratios #2

by Ron Nagorcka (2008)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello
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    Performance by David Scott Hamnes, Ron Nagorcka from the CD Song of the central tree

    (this sample is of the Duos: 2 Electronic keyboards version of this work)


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It is often claimed that the tuning system known as "just intonation" is incapable of transposition from one key to another. Hence musical forms such as fugues which rely heavily on transposition are not possible. However this is only true if the number of notes used by the composer is limited - and American composer Ben Johnston has written large-scale works for strings which demonstrate many transpositional possibilities. This short and subtly chromatic 4-part fugue uses a scale of 24 tones/octave based on Johnston's theories.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced student

Duration: 2 mins, 40 sec.

Dedicated to Warren Burt

Includes performance instructions and notes on just intonation.

Includes 2 versions of the work: 1) in a notation showing the deviations in cents from equal temperament. 2) using the notation developed by Ben Johnston.

Written in just intonation based on a scale of 25 tones/octave proposed by Ben Johnston.

This work was originally devised as the version for 88 note MIDI keyboard, with each note's pitch tuned in accordance with a specified tuning chart.

CD of sequenced version for practising available from composer.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-629-5

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Duos: Keyboards
- Duos: 2 Electronic keyboards


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