Hello world! Today I’m releasing my first classical composition, Baroque Fantasy in A Minor, Movement I.
The first of a three-movement work dedicated to Bach, I attempt a bit of counterpoint, the goal being to cram as many voices into as small a space as possible, extending the horizontal while minding the vertical to solve a musical jigsaw. Less a fugue and more an unruly English suite that won’t behave, I try to impose a modicum of discipline.
I don’t quite succeed in avoiding some late classical and Romantic affectations, however. A few times the music breaks up in a decidedly unbaroque way. (Bach would not be pleased.) A few Beethovenian thunderclaps here, a Mozart scale there, some Scarlatti evidently as well. Then there is my jazz obsession with the A minor 9 chord, one I can’t help thinking Bach would have enjoyed hearing Parker or Miles or Evans riff upon. (And they he.) Whenever I’m running low on contrapuntal ideas I just throw in some trills and glissandi like any good classical ham.
As Glenn Gould once said it’s not so much Opus 1 but whether there will be an Opus 2. I certainly hope so. My goal is to write more horizontally with longer melodies as I mature. Multiple melodies at the same time is what I adore, the challenge being to make each voice passionate, compelling, independent yet emergent from the whole. To the degree that any music has counterpoint it holds my attention. Counterpoint also fascinates because it’s the first kind of music computers will likely write well.
Second and third movements are still in the pipeline. There will be an Adagio followed by something with a bit more brio. Perhaps a drunken triple fugue.
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As ever, your feedback and comments are most welcome! Thanks everyone!!!