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I'm several months late, but this piece was intended to have been an entry to the past "Emotions" contest by Gav.  It's subtitled "Exuberance" for its boundless optimism.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

There are probably many things that need to be improved. So comment away!

P. S., I hope Gregorio will enjoy the little secrets (or not-so-secrets) I put in here. ;-)

Edit 2017-08-03: prettied up the score a little, fixed a few voicing issues.

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Hey HS - this is really wonderful! 'Exuberance' is a totally fitting title. When i hear Bach Italian concerto, exuberance is the word that comes to mind - and in spirit, it reminds me of that one.  I've listened about 4 or 5 times, the last 3 following the score, which goes by so quickly, and I'm sure I'm missing stuff.. 

This theme is very catchy, and a lot of fun.. I like where it goes inverted (on the 4th entrance of the theme).. 

I realize to understand this better, i must take it to the piano and play it.. 

My only reservation (which may change as i get to know it better) is from the (high d#) pick up to bar 50.. which is again asserted as the high note in bar 51, and the first part of 52….. i guess I'm thinking too much d# :) but as i say, my perspective on that could change.. It takes a while to get to know these fugue things.. :)

Thanks for your kind comments, Gregorio!  Glad you liked the subject.

And yes, the tempo is pretty fast.  I think I need to learn to pack less into a piece at this tempo.  I rarely write something so fast, and I think I have the tendency to jam too much into the music that probably won't be appreciated because it goes by so quickly.  Gotta learn to write less densely, I think. :-)

Very happy to hear you'll try this at the piano.  Maybe you'll discover more of the "secrets" or not-so-secrets I put in there. :-P  If it's not too much trouble, I'd love to hear the result.  ;-)  (Don't feel obligated, though... I'm just curious.)

As far as the d# is concerned, I did also sense that passage is somewhat on the high side.  Perhaps I should consider rewriting the melody from the end of m.51 to m.52.  Though I can't touch the two d#'s in m.51 itself, because ... well, I'm sure you'll figure it out soon enough. :-D  Alternatively, I could try transposing mm.48-52 down an octave.  I think I did try that initially, but couldn't find a convincing way to pull it off. But maybe if I give the transposed melody to the 2nd voice, and write counterpoint on top, it might work...  But it would likely lose its current (IMO) charming dance-like character, and may require extensive surgery in the subsequent passages. Ah, the joys of editing a fugue... as if writing it wasn't already hard enough in the first place. :-P

Absolutely wonderful and refreshing, my friend. This is probably one of my favorites of yours. Would you consider this a 3 voice fugue? Also, I know you like it fast, but have you considered actually slowing it down? It might sound a little more elegant letting us enjoy both the vertical and horizontal more, and I could easily hear this arranged for strings or even a brass quintet.

Thanks, Rodney!

In fact, this was written as a 3-voice fugue.  The score even says so. :-P  It was just a little cheeky experiment on my part to see if not having "fugue" in the discussion title would draw more people in. I guess not. :-P

Anyway, upon your recommendation I ran it through a slightly slower tempo: 105 bpm instead of 115 (attached). You're right that it sounds more elegant, and the lines are heard more clearly. It does lose a bit of ... exuberance, though. :-D

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Nice and light. Sounds like a happy piece to me. Nice to listen to.

A very nice flowing example of 3 part writing Theo! I enjoyed it very much and I find it quite positive/hope-creating :-).

I find it a little fast, imagining it is hard to play but maybe it is becoming it the way it is. Thanks for sharing.

I think it would work better on harpsichord or better still pipe organ.
In fact fugues played on pipe organs are my favourite. It is the instrument that shows them in their best light.
The proverbial "horse and cart"...................the horse being the organ.

Great stuff HS a joyous piece incredibly well written, each line has a wonderful independant musical logic - that's where some of the real art of fugue lies.

I agree with Ray that it'd be wonderful on a small intimate pipe organ with a delicate flute-ish registration, it'd somehow add a little more charm to it - funny how we hear things differently! 

well done.

Dave asked me for a midi file to import into an organ patch, so here we go, see attached.

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Stuff the small intimate thing

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I couldn't upload mine as the site broke, so Ray's beaten me. Still:

"Pretty basic work - just loading the midi into a couple of different organ sounds, one more of a full principal one more flutes. So it's not quite as distinct as the piano version and far more work could be done on it, but I like organ for this style of music so STOP COMPLAINING"

I couldn't upload mine as the site broke, so Ray's beaten me. Still:

"Pretty basic work - just loading the midi into a couple of different organ sounds, one more of a full principal one more flutes. So it's not quite as distinct as the piano version and far more work could be done on it, but I like organ for this style of music so STOP COMPLAINING"

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