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Prelude & Fugue in b minor for Organ Op. 26

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By Steven Monrotus

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Organ - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Steven Monrotus. Contemporary Classical, General Worship, Repertoire, Technique Training, Recital. Score. 13 pages. Published by Steven Monrotus (S0.427995).

Item Number: S0.427995

This work was composed for an organ with 2 manuals and pedals minimum.  It would make for not only effective recital and lesson material but a place could be easily found for it in the worship service where it might serve as a general prelude, with the fugue possibly reserved for the postlude.  The Prelude itself begins and is constructed as would be an improvisation in 6 parts on a single free theme (a method favored by Louis Vierne), only in compressed (shortened) form.  Its theme is the Fugue's 1st countersubject slightly extended, which provides a very strong sense of unity to the entire work.  The 3rd and final entry of the theme is harmonized chromatically.  It ends very quietly in 7 voices on a Picardy 3rd using a Celeste stop.  The related 4 voice Fugue which follows is written in triple counterpoint with 2 countersubjects maintained throughout, its subject being the inverse of the a minor Op. 25 Fugue subject.  It begins on scale degree 5 and is supplied with a real answer on scale degree 1 in the subdominant.  It passes through all nearly related keys and includes an additional entry in the unrelated key of a minor.  The coda employs segmentation of the theme in the bass voice and an unusual final cadence in which the penultimate dominant chord has a 7th which resolves unexpectedly upward to the 5th scale degree instead of downward to the 3rd.  The final chord is reiterated over an inverted pedal point in the top line and includes an added 6th, a Picardy 3rd, double pedal, and finishes in 8 voices with the full power of the organ.  In this work the stretch for the hands is kept at an octave or less.  Registration suggestions along with indications for hand division are included with the score.  Length:  147 measures.  Duration:  5:35.  Composer Bio page: .

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