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So You Want to Play a Fugue? : Nine exercises and studies in counterpoint for solo guitar

by Richard Charlton (2020)

So You Want to Play a Fugue?

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Work Overview

These little studies were initially written many years ago as part of a composing episode I like to call my "fugue-a-mania" period. I was studying harmony and counterpoint with a wonderfully eccentric Irish organist named Mary Egan. Miss Egan took me through lots of Bach (the Choral Preludes, the 48, the Organ Fugues etc.), analyzing and copying Bach's style; I think I wrote mainly fugues for a whole year!

The title of the collection is a "take" on Glenn Gould's composition "So you want to write a fugue?" This was the finale for his TV show "The Anatomy of Fugue", which was aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on March 4, 1963.

All of the pieces exhibit various fugal devices such as stretto, diminution, inversion, pedal points, episodes etc. Most are in the style of Bach and I dedicate this collection to Mary Egan and Miriam Hyde.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Guitar

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Miriam Hyde. Dedicated to Mary Egan and Miriam Hyde

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:

Neo Baroque in the style of JS Bach

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