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Malinowski, Dragnet Fugue ("Fugue for Friday")

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Uploaded on Apr 16, 2009

A fugue based on the Dragnet theme, accompanied by scrolling bar-graph and conventional scores.
FAQ

Q: Can I get the sheet music for this piece?
A: Yes, here are score and parts for string quartet ...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
... here are parts for recorder quartet ...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...
... and here's a piano transcription ...
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/FugueForFr...

Q: Didn't you already post this?
A: Yes, but YouTube did something and it broke the audio, so I decided it was time to remaster it in high-definition and add the conventional score.

Q: What does the title mean?
A: The theme of this fugue was first used by composer Miklós Rózsa in the soundtrack for the 1946 film The Killers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg9_zh...
It was later borrowed by Walter Schumann for use as the theme of the Dragnet radio (and, later, television) drama (which is where I first heard it):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragnet_...)
Shortly after I wrote the fugue (in 1975), I sent a copy of the score to Peter Schickele (who I thought would be amused by it):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sc...
and he suggested the name "Fugue for Friday" (as a reference to Dragnet's main character, Sergeant Joe Friday). But maybe I should have called it "Killer Fugue."

Q: It seems like the two scores don't match exactly; is that a mistake?
A: Kind of. I made the recording and the score at different times, and I made a few minor changes in between.

Q: Is there a way I could make bar-graph scores myself?
A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate a display similar to this; you can read about how to do it here:
http://www.musanim.com/youtube/HowToM...

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