Fuga Interna (turn and run)

Solo piano, 2003.

No recording just yet for this one yet, sorry.

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This is one of a continuing series of relatively short works for piano, started in 1997 (and very much still in progress). Each contains brief ‘quotes’ from those that preceded it, but the pieces can be performed in any order and combination, as the performer prefers. All are inspired by the pianist for whom I wrote the particular piece, and from my experience of playing Bach’s Fugue in B minor, from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier, a work that’s a constant companion in many of my compositional endeavours. As I play it at the piano, it offers a place to meditate on performing and listening listening.

The way in which the Bach piece is referred to is often inaudible, or not clear, but the methods are often quite rigorous, even if the connections are rarely overtly discernible. Fuga Interna (turn and run) was originally composed for Andrew Zolinsky, and obsesses on a particular figure that is characterized by a final ‘turn’.