Classical Forms

My composition teacher started with ancient Greek music. What is known of it is doesn’t resemble anything we think of as music today. I got little from that. For there we jumped a millennium and change to Gregorian chants, and not much of that stuck either. Then came counterpoint, canons, and things started to click. Then Bach. Ah, Bach. What a genius. And a master if moving from one musical thought to another. So the compositions started, canons, inventions, fugues, toccatas, and so on. The better of these will be found in this section. They won’t sound all that classical because, though I used the classical forms, I used modern harmonies.

Kite Surfing Toccata

A musical interpretation of my wife’s latest hobby.

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Fugue in 3/4 time

Seems to be no law against a waltzing fugue, so I though I’d give it a shot.

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The Fugatives

A fugue about some folks on the lam.

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Green Sonatina

A sonatina in three movements, lasting a bit more than eight minutes, which may be more than the traffic can bear. This one is fairly easy to play.

Movement I – “Exuberance” – sonata form

Movement II – “Wistfulness” – rondo form

Movement III – “Let’s Swing” – song form

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