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Wilhelmus Canons


Uploaded on Jul 11, 2016

The theme is "Het Wilhelmus" the Dutch national anthem. After bugfixing on and off for a couple of days I think it's pretty good as it is. Any feedback is welcome. I will be posting a write-up on canons at https://unnecessarilycomplicated.org in the future.

wilhelmus canon fugue counterpoint

Pages 7
Duration 11:31
Measures 195
Key signature 1 sharp
Parts 6
Part names Piano(6)
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Again, this is one of the most profound and impressive displays of canonic counterpoint that I have ever had the privilege of hearing. The sheer number of combinations you managed to derive from the theme suggests highly sophisticated musical reasoning at many levels. If you do decide to author a monograph, I would be very interested to learn about the ingenious ways in which you managed to solve these puzzles.
Thank you very much : ), I will be writing a monograph about canonic writing but I first have to finish a third set of canons. And then I will have to formalize some things about the connection between harmony and canonic transformations and the use of a computer (although I did this set 100% with pen and paper). I will be publishing it at: http://unnecessarilycomplicated.org/ There is not much on there now (and a lot of Dutch :P), but you can subscribe if you want to get a notification, the monograph will be in English.
The resolution of the seventh (and containing chord) in the first measure of #1 is not convincing, as the place the major seventh F# in the middle of the next. I don't think the comments section of your score, though, is the place to catalogue such issues. Still, a very remarkable demonstration.
Yea the D on the offbeat is not ideal, retrograde is hard! I'll be sure to fix it. Where would be the place to catalog such mistakes?
I'm not sure. I just don't want to litter your score, which is not offered as an "exercise" (such as some others') with discussions of local problems which turn wholly obsolete when the problems are addressed, and really not what you (or anyone, I suspect) want people to read when they visit your amazing accomplishment.
Fair enough, I'd be happy to receive any personal messages about bugs.
This is the most remarkable demonstration I have seen in a long time. Triple Bravo! This is breathtaking, and attests to the most careful study of the techniques of BWV 1087. I have found occasional parallel octaves and dissonant chords used consonantly, but those are forgivable and insignificant in 19 widely-varied canons constructed seemingly rigorously out of an extremely well-chosen theme. This is quite miraculous, and I will have to go through it and study it many more times. You could probably author a monograph on what you learned and how to do this.
Thank you very much, the upcoming week will be spend considering each measure carefully and polishing out all the mistakes and imperfections. I just wanted some feedback before I embarked on that final step. I was planning on a monograph, I will add it to the description when I get around to it : ). Thanks again for your kind words.