C.44 - "Bright Fugue"

Composed: ~August 2013

     This is a charming little fugue which I wrote during college as a lullaby of sorts, scoring it for glockenspiel, celesta and harp (or as I note on the original score, 'or 5 other bright voices’, which could mean for vocals or other instruments with a bright timbre).

     The fugal subject, as already noted, is derived in part from the flute in bar 30 of "C.42", and it is a peaceful and good-natured theme – a pleasant little subject that is delicate and child-like. There is something about the sequence at bar 20 (and again towards the end) that I find incredibly uplifting (aside from its ascending contour). This fugue, while undoubtedly cheap, is charming in its simplicity, and looking back on it, I quite enjoy it for its sleep-inducing nature, almost as if I would play it to my own child to lull them to sleep every night.

Reminiscence written on 4th June 2016

Last updated: 20th October 2018

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