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Fugue!!!

Post  pinhedz on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:08 pm

The way it works is ... it's really only understandable for people that went to special classes to understand it.

There's a musical theme--just one, unless there are two, in which case it's a double fugue, and it starts off with one instrumental line playing the theme.

After the theme has been played, a second instrumental line comes in playing the same theme, but in a different key, one fifth higher than the first instrument played it. But the first line keeps going, playing other stuuf that harmonizes with the first line.

Then a third voice comes in, and a 4th, 5th, 6th, ... however many the composer wants, and it gets more and more tangled up until you can't tell what going on any more. geek

Here's a little one by Bach--follow the colored lights to see what each voice is doing:


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:12 pm

Here's a double fugue by Beethoven. I think ATU-1 agreed that this was the greatest piece of music ever composed (if anyone disagreed, they failed to say so).

For some reason it won't embed--some urls just want to be clicked--but this is something like what Alexander Skriabin wanted to do with light shows and music combined:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_639563&feature=iv&v=6s0Mp7LFI-k

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:48 am

Mozart started many fugues, but mostly didn't finish them. I reckon by the time he got up to 6 voices they all got so tangled up that he got lost:


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