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Hi all, I'm new here. Been following some discussion for a while and got very excited to see how everyone is doing here.

I've composed classical music as a hobby for a while, recently I began to learn to write fugue because I felt attracted to fugue in a very mysterious way, then thought to wrote all 48 preludes & fugues just to amuse myself and as a framework to practice and learn.

So this is the first one in C major. it's a 4-voice fugue that derives the melodic motive (subject) from the main motive of its accompanied Prelude. I've never got any serious comment on my music whatsoever so I'm really looking forward and appreciate all your inputs. Thanks!

For the rest of the series you're very welcome to listen on my profile :)

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I liked this piece a lot.

Also, I think it is definitely possible to play on a real piano, although I personally would have to slow down the tempo considerably to do that...

I liked the small, maybe a bit jazzy colourings you did on the basic tonality. I don't know if you can expand on how you were thinking there, or if it is something you do quite unreflectedly.

But for that same reason, I'm a bit uncertain about the ending chords in the last two bars -- I think it should end in a more mellow way somehow? Just my impression, of course.

Others here can give more input on issues of counterpoint. From my fast skimming of the score, I didn't note any obvious basic mistakes though.

Thanks a lot Lars, that was quite encouraging!

You pointed out many important points, some that I would have missed if there's no comment. Let's wait for some others' input then I'll combine my responses :)

Lars Johan Martin Nilsson said:

I liked this piece a lot.

Also, I think it is definitely possible to play on a real piano, although I personally would have to slow down the tempo considerably to do that...

I liked the small, maybe a bit jazzy colourings you did on the basic tonality. I don't know if you can expand on how you were thinking there, or if it is something you do quite unreflectedly.

But for that same reason, I'm a bit uncertain about the ending chords in the last two bars -- I think it should end in a more mellow way somehow? Just my impression, of course.

Others here can give more input on issues of counterpoint. From my fast skimming of the score, I didn't note any obvious basic mistakes though.

Hi Chitpong. This is very nice to listen to. :)

Thank you Sinead! Glad you enjoy it :)

Sinead Morrison said:

Hi Chitpong. This is very nice to listen to. :)

Hi Lars,

Thanks again for your thought. Let me go through each of your suggestions:

On playability, I'm not a performer, being able to play just enough to compose and check whether it is 'possible' to play or not. I tried to make everything possible to play, but I'm not entirely sure if it's 'practical' to play. I have a feeling that most of my works are 'almost practical' by moderately good players. In fact it is my dream to hear real person playing those pieces if opportunity arises in the future. Slowing down tempo is surely one way to go and I think it can give different flavour in a positive way. I grow to like slower tempi more and more nowadays!

I'm glad you like the colouring (Jazzy! never think of them that way but they really are). I tried to alter or bend/blend tonalities just a little bit to give some special and interesting flavour. I hope these flavours would create some unique emotional landscape. In fact this altering has been my focus for a while; I've been trying to explore what can one do with tonalities within the limit of what most people would regard as 'beautiful'.

You hit the point about the ending. Come to think of it what you suggested is very important. Ending should be distinctive to some degree, but at the same time it should be in harmony with the rest of the piece. The manner that the piece ends is therefore an inseparable part of whole intend of music as a harmonious expression medium. I've never thought of this issue this way but you made me so!

Lastly, the accuracy of composition technique and theories, I mostly learn by myself so I've had no one to tell if I did anything wrong, so if you found it please let me know, I'll be very grateful! (I know I had some parallel fifth, octave, tri-tone etc. occasionally when I think it is necessary or needed for the section to work the way it's intended.)

I'm starting new here and I look forward to contribute to your and other fellow composers' discussions very soon.

Lars Johan Martin Nilsson said:

I liked this piece a lot.

Also, I think it is definitely possible to play on a real piano, although I personally would have to slow down the tempo considerably to do that...

I liked the small, maybe a bit jazzy colourings you did on the basic tonality. I don't know if you can expand on how you were thinking there, or if it is something you do quite unreflectedly.

But for that same reason, I'm a bit uncertain about the ending chords in the last two bars -- I think it should end in a more mellow way somehow? Just my impression, of course.

Others here can give more input on issues of counterpoint. From my fast skimming of the score, I didn't note any obvious basic mistakes though.

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