In a previous thread about H. S. Teoh’s Fugue in E minor we were discussing fugues that “broke the rules”, where I mention that I once wrote a fugue based on the Double Harmonic Major Scale (DHS); this is the piece:
I am not really happy with the piece. I think the climax is too rushed, and too forced.
I started writing the piece with the idea of writing something based on the DHS, but you will see that in the subject I have a chromatically altered note that does not adheres to the scale. The first statement of the subject is based on the D DHS you will that I have an E natural instead of the Eb of the scale. It does however only last for a 32nd note. I tried using the Eb in the subject, but it just did not work for how. However when not in the subject the Eb (lowered 2nd) is used. As in a traditional fugue the seocnd entrance of the fugue enters on the fifth, which is A, at this point we are using the DHS based on A as the root. You will again see the Major second (B natural) is used in the subject, but in the other voices Bb is used. This leads to a false relationship between B and Bb in bar 8.
When I first shared this on another board the reactions where basically negative, “boring”, “too repetitive”, … .