C.45 - "Small Fugue in D Major"

Composed: ~September 2013

     Another fugue written during college and with influence from Bach’s fugues. Although it is a keyboard fugue, it is my first one specifically for piano and not harpsichord or organ.

     I don’t recall much from its creation, but there are parts of it I find rather pleasant. On the whole though, it is stylistically too close to one of my Melodies for me to find a greater pleasure in it (as those “melodies” were so horrendously course). It is rather peculiar in that the 3rd entry of the subject is in the relevant minor of the dominant key (F#m) as opposed to the tonic (D). More strangeness appears at bar 31 when a cadence occurs on the 2nd beat of the bar - a very uncommon cadential beat for a piece in the Baroque style! Bars 35 - 36 also seem to borrow material from Bach's Fugue in C Minor BWV 582/2. Like with "C.42" there is the appearance of the regular subject and its inverted counterpart simultaneously at bar 43.

Reminiscence written on 4th June 2016

Last updated: 7th July 2017

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