My study annex music room is a mess, let’s be honest about that. It is crammed full with four instruments (organ, piano, violin and a guitar), books, materials of three studies (biochemistry, IT and music), music scores, piles of paper, two desks, two computers, an old radio from the 1950’s (meaning it is huge), four monitors and all sorts if stuff and keepsakes one assembles in over 50 years of life.
In short, it is a mess.
For the last decade or so cleaning up my study means moving piles of paper from one spot to another, clear my desk enough that I have a little working space and I generally sigh at the hopelessness of the task.
Now that because of the soft lock down in the Netherlands I have a little more time at home I decided to clean up my study a bit more thouroughly. Stuff that I don’t use any more, can go in the garbage bin. And if I can’t say goodbey to some of the keepsakes, at least they can go to the attic, so that I have a little more breathing space.
Going through all the piles of music paper brought some nice surprises. Not only all my harmony and counterpoint exercises are stil here, I found some finished compositions I had completely forgotten about. Though I am rather critical of my own compositions, two of them are nice enough to typeset, play and publish.
The first is a fugue in g minor. I can’t remember whether the theme was one of my counterpoint assignments, or that I created it myself. So perhaps you know the theme from another fugue. If so, let me know who composed that one. So the first four bars are perhaps not original, the rest is. Now that I found it back, I remember writing it, and even perform it for some friends.
The standard building blocks of a fugue are there: exposition, divertimenti, re-exposition. The only thing missing is a stretto near the end of the fugue. I probably thought the fugue already long enough as it is.
It was nice to play it again after al these years. I hope you like it too.
The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradisi, of the Schittger organ in the St. Martini-kerk, Groningen.
Fuga, g minor