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Invention in B Locrian from 9 Modal Inventions

By Michael Bomier

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Piano, Piano Solo, Harpsichord - Intermediate
Composed by Michael Bomier. 21st Century, Repertoire, General Instructional, Secular. Sheet Music Single. 2 pages. Michael Bomier #GE9MIBL. Published by Michael Bomier (S0.24105).

Item Number: S0.24105

Thirds, seven-note scalar runs, and syncopation characterize this final entry in the series of Modal Inventions. The Locrian mode was not a true church mode. It was given that name by jazz musicians, who wanted a modal designation for each of the seven modes for every major scale. This piece uses cut-time, and a half-note figure as its subject. The countersubject is a scale. Each exposition and its reverse end with a syncopated series of thirds, like the E Major Invention of Bach. These elements mix and match themselves through the piece, which ends on a B7 chord without a 3rd or 5th degree, giving the finale its ambiguous, Locrian sound. All nine inventions make a nice program for the opening of a three-element recital. They also make an excellent introduction into the world of modern music, since the two-part invention format is familiar, and the scalar aspect is also a musical staple throughout the eras, even though the modal derivatives rather than the parent major scales are used. MBB.

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