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    Cool So You Want to write a Fugue?

    ...and I initially thought it was by PDQ Bach...but it was so good that I was wondering how...finally finding out it's by Gould!

    He was certainly inspired by years of study of JSB.

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    a masterpiece. full stop.

    EDIT: infos about the fugue and the source of the original video:
    Gould's Fugue story

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    Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    Awesome!
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    Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    I've always been fascinated by fugues. I just posted a fugue that I wrote about 20 years ago but just recorded as a prog style version. It's posted in the Listening area.

    Jim

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    Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    That is wonderful!

    The vocalists deserve a lot of credit for not getting lost. It's difficult to sing when the person next to you is simultaneously singing different words on different pitches.

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    Simply wonderful!


    Roberto

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    Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    That's marvellous!! Thanks for posting that link.

    It reminds me of the funny video of how to write a fugue using a Britney Spears song. I think someone here at this forum posted that link some time ago. If anyone want to see that one you can find it here. It's more funny than serious.
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    Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    As a fan of Bach I must say Gould's composition is right on the money as is this performance. Thanks for sharing this post. It seems like such a simple concept, imitative counterpoint, but as one whose tried his hand at fugal composition from time to time, it is one thing to follow "fugal rules" and quite another to write convincing music. This does both.

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    Cool Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertTewes
    As a fan of Bach I must say Gould's composition is right on the money as is this performance. Thanks for sharing this post. It seems like such a simple concept, imitative counterpoint, but as one whose tried his hand at fugal composition from time to time, it is one thing to follow "fugal rules" and quite another to write convincing music. This does both.
    In the text-msg of the YouTube post, you find the lyrics of the fugue: it say exactly what you are pointing:

    " So you want to write a fugue.
    You got the urge to write a fugue.
    You got the nerve to write a fugue.
    So go ahead, so go ahead and write a fugue.
    Go ahead and write a fugue that we can sing.

    Pay no heed, Pay no mind.
    Pay no heed to what we tell you,
    Pay no mind to what we tell you.
    Cast away all that you were told
    And the theory that you read.
    As we said come and write one,
    Oh do come and write one,
    Write a fugue that we can sing.

    Now the only way to write one
    Is to plunge right in and write one.
    Just forget the rules and write one,
    Just ignore the rules and try.

    And the fun of it will get you.
    And the joy of it will fetch you.
    Its a pleasure that is bound to satisfy.
    When you decide that John Sebastian must have been a very personable guy.

    Never be clever
    for the sake of being clever,
    for the sake of showing off.

    For a canon in inversion is a dangerous diversion,
    And a bit of augmentation is a serious temptation,
    While a stretto diminution is an obvious allusion.

    For to try to write a fugue that we can sing.

    And when you finish writing it
    I think you will find a great joy in it.

    or so...
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained they say
    But still it is rather hard to start.

    Well let us try right now.
    Now we are going to write a fugue.
    We are going to write a good one.
    We are going to write a fugue ... right now. "

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    Re: So You Want to write a Fugue?

    Witty, entertaining, and a really good fugue too.

    Superb.

    regards Joe

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