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Paper 3: Fugue

Aims and objectives 

To develop the musical technique necessary to write a fugue. 

Description of the course 

The course is taught through lectures and supervisions. In composing a fugue you will confront certain fundamental principles, all of which demand a sense of architectural balance: between counterpoint and harmony, between derived and new material, between different textures, between the keys of the middle entries, and so on. Although you should aim to produce a complete fugue for each supervision, there are many useful exercises of a more limited nature that you can profitably carry out: writing regular countersubjects to fugue subjects, writing double and triple invertible counterpoint, constructing sequences out of given material, and so on.

 

Lecturer: Silas Wollston

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