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    The Contrapuntal Cockroach

    This is a woodwind trio based on the theme from the Mexican dance, "La Cucaracha". The beginning is a fugal exposition but I spread the opening statement over the three instruments, flute, clarinet and bassoon, as I thought this was more musical. In the middle the piece digresses from a fugal/contrapuntal form to a lighter more modern character - more Baha than Bach .

    The mp3 is here

    The instruments are GPO with (I hope) a reasonable ambience reverb.

    Herb

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    This is a very nice little piece. Well, done euler, well done.

    It is charming a light in nature. This would be an excellent concert diversion for an ensemble group.

    I enjoyed this.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: The Contrapuntal Cockroach

    Rich

    Thanks for your comments.

    There was an earlier shorter version for piano but the parts were hard to separate in listening and only a virtuoso could do the middle part. This version is not difficult - it was written in Finale so there is a decent score available if anyone wants it.

    Herb

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    Re: The Contrapuntal Cockroach

    Yes, I liked this also. It becomes more serious and then lighter.

    You worked wonders with that mexican dance theme.



    Phil

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    Wow this is a great piece of work.
    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. It kept my attention all the way through. Had some nice 'twisted' parts in there too to satisfy my 'bent' side. hahaa

    Very well done Euler. Thanks for the listen.

    Mark...

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    Herb,


    This is a delightful, humorous cockroach 'party'...

    Isn't it great how much one can squeeze
    out of a simple theme... ?

    I like the combination of instruments,
    they compliment each other beautifully.

    Well done!

    Thanks for posting,


    Yudit

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    Delightful! I must admit I didn't know quite what
    to expect from the title... lol -- but you handled
    the thematic material in a manner both charming
    and effective.

    Well done!

    Best,



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    Re: The Contrapuntal Cockroach

    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane View Post
    Yes, I liked this also. It becomes more serious and then lighter.

    You worked wonders with that mexican dance theme.

    Phil
    As I recall the idea for this piece came from a remark I read somewhere on fugues, that it was important to choose a "suitable" theme. So I thought, "What about using an unsuitable theme" as in far from baroque and then I came across La Cucaracha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark5 View Post
    Wow this is a great piece of work.
    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. It kept my attention all the way through. Had some nice 'twisted' parts in there too to satisfy my 'bent' side. hahaa

    Mark...
    I'm glad you found the humour. It does get a bit wild. The initial key is F major but I wandered into E major from which it is a little tricky to get back.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunbird View Post
    Herb,

    This is a delightful, humorous cockroach 'party'...

    Isn't it great how much one can squeeze
    out of a simple theme... ?

    I like the combination of instruments,
    they compliment each other beautifully.

    Yudit
    The rhythmical pattern is very catchy so that makes it easier to "squeeze" and not get too far away from the main theme. Yes, having different timbres does let the listener follow the "horizontal lines". I like woodwinds with clarinet and piano the instruments I know best (plus a brief encounter with a loaned bassoon).

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    Delightful! I must admit I didn't know quite what
    to expect from the title... lol -- but you handled
    the thematic material in a manner both charming
    and effective.

    David
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    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    I was hoping to capture the essentials of the piece in the title - the style (contrapuntal), the source (La Cucaracha) and that it would be a little unusual.

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    Thanks to you all for commenting. I feel very encouraged by what you have said. Lately I have been in a dry spell with my composing so this will help me get going again.

    Herb

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    Haha. The best version of la cucaracha i've ever heard. This was GREAT! I loved the twists on the theme, and the baroque and even arabian feel to it at one point. I absoloutely enjoyed this piece. And the humour fits the original song and lyrics really well; since it's about a cockroach that lost it's hindlegs and can't walk anymore.
    Thank you for posting this.

    -Ari

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    Re: The Contrapuntal Cockroach

    Ari

    Thanks for commenting. I wasn't sure if the arabian feel section was over the top or not, but I decided to leave it in - and it seems to have worked.

    There seem to be many versions of the words - an early version (possibly the original?) is about a lack of marijuana

    The cockroach, the cockroach,
    Can't walk anymore
    Because it doesn't have, because it's lacking
    Marijuana to smoke.

    This might be the best one for my music.

    Herb

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