Introduction, Fugue, and Finale





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Uploaded on May 9, 2011

"Introduction, Fugue, and Finale" was the winner of the 2010 Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra Composition Competition. The composition's overall style is quite English, with modal progressions and a pastoral feel. The pastoral atmosphere is most evident in the opening Introduction section, where the primary theme for the entire work is introduced in flutes amid soft strings. A development of the theme follows, with the component motives isolated and passed among the instruments, occasionally coalescing into a complete thematic statement. The Introduction fades away, concluding with a sustained A in the basses.

The next section sees the theme transformed into a fugue subject, creating a four-part fugue in the strings. The winds enter to double the strings at subject statements and to substitute for them when the music enters keys that are difficult to navigate on strings. In the Fugue, the subject is modified various ways, such inversion or augmentation (note lengths doubled) or even both at once. Near the conclusion of the Fugue is a stretto, where the subject enters in all the parts in close succession, reaching a climax and then waning as the Introduction did to a low A.

Following the fugue, the theme is transformed once again for the Finale. The theme, now in 7/8, travels through the orchestra, highlighting several instruments. Greater orchestral forces are employed for the Finale, with more brass and percussion instruments for timbral variety. The full orchestra comes together at the end and propels the piece to a jubilant conclusion.

I would like to thank the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra for holding the competition and performing my composition.

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