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Alap, a Prelude to Contrapunctus IX of the Art of Fugue

Instrumentation
2vln,vla,vc
Year
2001
Duration
4:30

ALAP was composed in 2001 for the Brentano Quartet as part of their project of uniting new works with parts of the ART OF FUGUE.  My piece is intended to precede Contrapunctus IX, and is based on material extracted from the main subject of the  ART OF FUGUE. But it begins with a non-tonal contemporary view of this material, and evolves (or, speaking historically, devolves) into a progressively more diatonic environment, finally ending with a kind of dominant cadence in D, the key of Bach's great work, after which the Contrapunctus is played. The title refers to the opening section of a raga, in which the material of the whole is presented in fragmentary form. 

CW, August 2002