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Assignment 11b

For the record, we finished the Haydn Sonata project and you submitted these to me in their final form on April 19th.

Assignment 12

This was your analysis of a set of the Chopin Preludes, especially the one in E major. This was sent to your email, I did not post it here. Re-analyzing this will be a question on your final exam, and I will post the analysis an a separate location.

Assignment 13 - The Fugues are Fun Project

1. You are turned in your analysis of the Bb major fugue, and you have read the reading packets.

2. DUE Tuesday, april 23

a. Read the new, short packet, from Counterpoint in the Style of Back, pp. 221 and following. Here's a scan of it too. Read carefully the details about tonal and real answers. Then, complete the answers to the fugue subjects given on pp. 230 to 233. Spend about an hour and a quarter or so on this task, so do as many as you can in this time, including the reading. Do this on manuscript paper (too easy in notation software!), and turn in on Tuesday.

b. Then, go to your packet of fugues from WTC1 and spend about the same amount of time preparing a short talk about 'your' fugue. Talk about the basics, entrances and modulations and episodes and so on, but also talk about the 'affect' of the piece. What does this fugue feel like to you?

Here's who gets what:

C major: Forrest
D major: Erin
D minor: Grace
Eb major: Ian
F major: Danielle
F# major: Hope
G minor: Jeff

Assignment 14 - The Fugues are Fun Project, Part II

Now, you will compose your own fugue exposition.

Here is the page at the end of this course that explains the steps in writing your own exposition.


1. Your fugue exposition should be in three voices, and should have two recurring countersubjects.

2. Your fugue subject should ONLY contain tonic to dominant, followed by dominant to tonic harmonies (see below).

3. Your fugue exposition should have a short transitional codetta betwwen the answer and the entrance of the third voice.


Choose one of the following original fugue subjects, or compose one of your own. Notice that these are being written with a very strict criteria: they are all two measures long (four measures if in triple time) and strictly follow the formula tonic to dominant in the first measure, followed by dominant to tonic in the second. If you start with this simply framework, you can easily gain the essence of fugue composition, then you can set out to write something more elaborate in the future. If you write your own subject, you must  follow this harmonic scheme: tonic to dominant, followed by dominant to tonic.Trust me on this one, it'll help.

Here are the subject you may choose. If you want to write your own, please send me the example before proceedins.

Go through the exact same process as laid out on the web page, and turn in a completed fugue exposition for Friday, using no other harmony but tonic and dominant. Feel free to send me work in progess, and I'll give you feedback.

You may work in notation software or on paper, whichever is easier for you, but make sure you are hearing what you are writing.

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