Creating AYICM: A Piano Fugue as Theme Music

In the ongoing effort to create better and better podcasts, I’ve decided to start including some interlude music in-between the different sections of each show.  (My thanks to Stephanie at JM Web Designs for this advice: receive thy props, Stephanie.)  I’ve chosen a three-voice piano fugue I wrote for my composition degree portfolio — you can listen to the attached MP3 file.

Download MP3 Right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) this link to download the MP3 to your computer. Then open your iTunes program or other media player and import the file.

I’ll just use 8 or 10 bars at a time for the little interludes, but here in the blog you can listen to the whole thing.  Do you like it?  I do, I think it’s some happy music.

That’s why I chose it, in fact.  Of everything I wrote to earn a degree in music composition, this little fugue would seem to have much more of my counterpoint textbook in it than of me!  There’s no more strict compositional form, and much more of the procedure is dictated to the composer by the form than in almost any other kind of composition.  It’s why I’ve been most interested in Modernist and atonal compositional techniques: they leave much more room for me to create something myself, rather than having to look up what I’m supposed to do in textbooks.  But even so, there’s definitely still something of me in this fugue, and the time-honored form allows me to come up with things I would never have thought of on my own.  (It’s why we’ll always keep returning to fugues and sonata forms and all the rest, I suppose.)  It also keeps me away from the esoteric, introspective seriousness of the atonal music I write, all of that making for less than the best kind of theme music for a show that I want everyone to enjoy.

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