The fugues by Johann Sebastian Bach are ingenious. They have facinated me for many years. I spent a lot of time to practice the fugues on piano, and analyze their structure with the computer.
The way Johann Sebastian Bach reuses and arranges melodies within a single piece is unparalleled. His fugues are the mountain top of this craftmanship.
If a piece contains trioles, the size of the grid that rasterizes the notes is required to contain a 3 as a factor. For instance the raster of a measure is of size 2.2.3, or 2.3.2. However, as is typical for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the raster needs a second factor 3. For instance, 18.104.22.168. Unlike other composers, the division of a measure might not be constant over a piece: The raster might change from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 etc. This means, the trioles might be quarters as well as sixteenth, and at a later point in quarters and eighths. The string quartets are full of that, which might make them so hard to play.
|The Pirate Fugues|
|Digitization of Scores by Johann Sebastian Bach|
|NoteZcore · Note Extraction from Piano Recordings|
|Midi Controls for Hauptwerk Organs|
|Fugues by jph|
In the past, I used the following software to notate music:
For a long time, I focussed on the algorithms to suggest motifs and chords in music composition. However, accurate playback of the music is just as important during the process of refining the score. The limitations of the default MIDI synthesizer really bothered me. Stefan Ehrlich recommended me to combine
For comparison of before and after, please listen to the two versions of the La Campanella fugue below.
Finally, here is a playlist of modern songs that literally struck a chord in me: The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera [Album Stripped, 2002], Centerfold by Pink [Album I'm Not Dead, 2006], Amnesia by Britney Spears [Album Circus, 2008]. When I am getting a bit tired, but would still like to get some programming done, I put on the discography of Linkin Park. Their Lost in the Echo from [Living Things, 2012] is always a good injection.
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Ich bin der Geist, der stets verneint!
Und das mit Recht; denn alles, was entsteht,
Ist wert, daß es zugrunde geht;
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Using the software The Pirate Fugues, I compose fugues myself:
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La Campanella • The theme for the fugue is taken from Etude III (La Campanella) of Grandes Etudes de Paganini by Ferenc Liszt. In fact, both, the red and orange motifs are adapted from the original score. Perth, 2010
Practice 39 m • The harmonic structure was layed out with the recently implemented cadence plugin of the Pirate Fugues. My friend Mathias Müller inserted 16 measures to my draft of 38 measures, and arranged the final piece. Saigon, 2014
Über die Akkorde der Flute Sonata 2 - 2 Siciliano • The piece started out with 3 voices and meter 6/8. Two weeks later, I changed the rhythm to 4/4, distributed the material to 4 voices, and filled the gaps. Nha Tranh, 2014
Practice 57 b • The rhythm is inspired by Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem 2nd movement Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras. The motif ought to resemble a drum pattern. My friend Mathias Müller has arranged the 3 voices for a string trio. Saigon, 2014
I was hoping for some kind of tactical plan
that didn't involve martyrdom.
Credits: Media postprocessing with the following open-source software: StepVoice Recorder by StepVoice Software for midi to mp3 recording, Mp3splt-gtk by Matteo Trotta and Alexandru Munteanu to truncate mp3 files, and VirtualDub by Avery Lee to merge video and audio. Flash Mp3 Player by Eric Heunthep.
|Concept for a Piano Concert - To Charlotte||opus09_chb.mid||23 kB|
|For Natascha 2003||opus08_nwb.mid||14 kB|
|Pseudo Canon||opus07_can.mid||6 kB|
|For Natascha 2002||opus02_nwb.mid||17 kB|
Whatever is begun in anger
ends in shame.
The piano transcriptions below were manufactured to accompany singers of the improvisation theater at the University Frankfurt/Germany, 2009.
The font guido2.ttf might be required to view the pdf-files. Under Windows, simply copy the ttf-file into the folder windows/fonts.
|Drunkards Child||drunkards-child.pdf||16 kB|
|Gimme-Gimme (ABBA)||gimme-gimme.pdf||16 kB|
|Glorious Beer||glorious-beer.pdf||15 kB|
|Jasmine Flower (Chinese folk song)||jasmine-flower.pdf||16 kB|
|Modern General||modern-general.pdf||14 kB|
|Policemans Song||policemans-song...||17 kB|
almost, but not quite,
entirely unlike tea