Habichuelas y Frijoles

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Solo instrument (Organ [manuals with pedals])
Instrumental parts
Not available

The prelude is 16 bars (I think), not at all complicated, simple line alternating between manuals. The rest of the piece derives from these 16 bars. The next 40 or so bars form the canon. It contains two mirror canons and two crab canons, simultaneously, using three voices. The rest is fugal form, loosely. The ending is most un-fugal.

There are apparent tempo changes and apparent dynamic changes. Only apparent. The tempo and velocity are constant, and I did this purposely as part of a long range plan. I have taken great care to assure that the piece will use two manuals by making the use of a single manual very close to impossible. I am thus requiring a contrast in voices. It would be really good but not essential if the divisions were on opposite sides of the auditorium, with the pedal division between. The swell shutters won’t really be needed. Just lock them open and try to empty the air reservoirs and burst the bellows! Soon I will write a soft, gentle organ work, but this is not it yet.

This piece began when I discovered I had a truckload of unused triads in my construction zone, and some rhythmic ideas. And now, there it is. The triads are not readily apparent, but that was the start of it all. It is really a happy, bouncing sort of piece. I have laughed quite a bit visualizing an episcopal entourage in a processional, with this as the music. Or visualized elderly women doing a chair dance in the pews! The mp3 is GPO organ.

The title may ultimately be changed to something like "Juan Arroyo in Agua Prieta". The main point, I don’t want to call it "Prelude, Canon and Fugue to avoid the thought that it will sound like J. S. Bach, as it surely does not.

New score submitted 14 Sep 2006 corrects score appearance only.

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