Hello everyone, I've learned a lot analyzing the discussion from my last post, and I've written another imitative piece, which I'll call "fugue-like". I've named it as a Ricercar, in A minor, at the suggestion of Greg Monks. It begins very much like a fugue, but the development section is more focused on modulation, rather than traditional fugal techniques like diminuition and stretto.
This was strictly a compositional exercise in counterpoint, imitative composition, and modulation, among other subjects. I've used a harpsichord for the audio demo because I found the fluidity of tone to be appropriate throughout its range, and it has a nice quality for the piece. I've never played it on a keyboard, nor do I think it is possible to perform as written, on account of the way some passages are notated. That said, it is not intended for performance on an actual harpsichord. In the coming week I hope to orchestrate it for other instruments.
My goal was to write a fluid piece that develops simple melodic themes by modulating through a variety of keys. It begins modulating between A minor and its dominant key, E minor, like a normal fugue. After the exposition it explores the relative major, C, as well as G major, before returning to A minor to conclude the piece. My counterpoint is not strict and follows rules of no particular era.
Do my modulations sound good, or do they seem abrupt? Do you like my melodies and the counterthemes? Does the piece seem to flow well and develop while still retaining a general sense of the initial theme?